‘Freezin for a Reason’ polar plunge event raises money for New York’s Special Olympics program
The Town of Oyster Bay hosted the annual “Freezin for a Reason” polar plunge to raise money for New York’s Special Olympics program.
More than 600 brave Long Islanders ran into the frigid waters at Tobay Beach for the cause.
All proceeds from the polar plunge will help provide year-round training in over 22 Olympic sports for disabled children and adults.
“It costs about $400 to sponsor one athlete for one sports season, so we're hoping to raise enough money to sponsor 250 local athletes today,” says Rebecca Hoffmann, of Special Olympics New York.
The Brentwood Plungers team, which is made up of Special Olympic coaches for the Brentwood School District, have been taking part for 14 years.
“We love the kids, we really truly love them. If you ever have the opportunity to volunteer in the Special Olympics, you will feel it in your heart,” says Gloria DeBernardo, of Massapequa.
Saturday’s event raised $126,000 for Special Olympics New York athletes.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so on the Special Olympics New York website.