Special Olympics West Virginia takes a plunge

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/8/2020 06:00 P.M.

The Polar Plunge raises money for the Special Olympics West Virginia and participants say the weather does not stop them because they know it is for a good cause.

Several participants jump every year, but Saturday there were some first-timers.

"I love the population that special Olympics serves and I love to see them be successful in the community and I'm real excited to help special Olympics out this year," said Jason Lynch, Lynx Community Services, co-owner.

Polar Plunge participants say they were happy to be "freezing for a reason."


Special Olympics West Virginia is back in Parkersburg for its annual "Polar Plunge" to raise money for the organization.

Organizers are getting the pool ready for participants to take that big plunge. Special Olympics West Virginia is an organization that provides year round sports training and competition for individuals throughout the state with intellectual disabilities.

"Our program is made at no cost to our Special Olympics athletes so these folks are out here raising money so that we can treat our athletes so some amazing experiences down the road," said John Corbett, Special Olympics West Virginia, CEO.

Corbett expects about 50 participants to take the plunge.

The Polar Plunge will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Bicentennial Park in downtown Parkersburg.

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