Written by Katie VanOeveren
For the second time, I jumped in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. I’m a Special Olympic athlete and I support my friends and my teams when I jump in the polar plunge. I like to be involved in a lot of activities and this in one way I can make other people aware that I do Special Olympic sports and that they can help out too.
I work with my mom and dad to make entertaining videos for Facebook, trying to get everyone excited to donate on my behalf. I have a lot of fun coming up with ideas and making the videos. I like the comments that I get. I also handed out a flyer at work, church, and other places to get people aware of the polar plunge and possibly get them to donate.
Last year, my goal was to raise $500 and I was really surprised when I raised just over $2000. This year I set my goal at $2000 and was even more surprised when everyone donated $3600 for me to jump in the cold water. That’s a really big amount.
Last year, the weather was terrible but this year the sun was shining but the water was still very cold. People ask me if I was scared to jump. I’m not scared but I don’t like the cold water. The energy of the crowd helps me get through jumping.