Dozens dive into cold Deschutes for Bend's Polar Plunge

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"So we really rely on the support of the community and polar plunge is something that everybody can get behind you know, it's fun, there's so many people here, lots of our supporters".

"The Special Olympics Summer Games wouldn't happen without us doing this fundraiser", Dowell said.

Frigid temperatures Saturday didn't stop people from taking part in the Polar Plunge in Manhattan. Sokenu commended the teams' contributions to helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and encouraged everyone to sign a pledge ending the use of the "R-word" before the student-athletes went outside. Not so when it's for a good cause.

This event started with a parade, where everyone could show off their plunging costumes. The organization established an official partnership with Special Olympics D.C.in 2015 to help run activities like the Polar Plunge at Catholic.

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This is just one of the fundraising efforts for the more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes.

The Iona Prep Plungers have been first among all participating schools seven of the nine years since the Polar Plunge came to Westchester.

A participant of the Special Olympics 2018 Polar Plunge makes her way out of the freezing cold water, February 10 at the Aurora Reservoir.

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