Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.
The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend.
Organizers say the nice weather helped bring in more participants.
Aaron Mills is with Special Olympics Michigan.
“So the money that gets raised at all of our Polar Plunge’s across the state goes to helping provide for year-round sports training, competitions and health programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities who take part in our Special Olympics programs.”
Mills said events in Bay and Mecosta counties will take place this weekend.
“It’s one of those fun events that really gives people a chance to do something for Special Olympics, even if they don’t know what Special Olympics is. They might have a general idea, like hey they do sports for people with intellectual disabilities right? But we do more than that. So it’s really a chance for people to come out, have some fun and get exposed to Special Olympics.”