Annual Fort Smith Polar Plunge Benefits Local Special Olympics Athletes

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FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Dozens of people jumped into some very cold water Saturday morning (Feb. 6), all for a great cause.

Several teams sported their best costumes for the event. Scooter, the Polar Plunge mascot was the first to jump in the swimming pool at World Class Fitness. Danny Baker with the Fort Smith Police Department dressed up as Frozen’s Elsa. He was the second to take the plunge.

“It’s cold, I’m not gonna lie, but once you get in, it’s kind of more the shock goes away, and it’s not that bad at all, get in, get out,” he said.

It was $50 to plunge or $25 for an “I Chickened Out” T-shirt. Organizers said all the proceeds raised from the event goes to benefit local Special Olympics athletes. Baker said the annual polar plunge is put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.

“A hundred percent of the funds raised here today will stay with Arkansas Athletes and the Arkansas program,” he said, “so folks that are donating, folks that are participating in this can rest assured that it will stay in the community.”

To learn more about Special Olympics Arkansas, click here.