B-A Key Club prepares to take the plunge


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2016 graduate Cameron Nagle, Mr. Burch, and Mr. Schreier were all on hand for the Polar Bear Plunge Challenge last year.

Dallas Hollen, Staff Writer

On Saturday, February 4 at Canoe Creek, groups from all over the county will come and pay $50 to have the unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympic athletes by jumping or running into ice cold water, in an event that is called the Polar Plunge. The plunge will start at 12:00pm.

All the proceeds go toward the PA Special Olympics. Law enforcement and Sheetz sponsor the local Polar Plunge.

Bellwood-Antis’s Key Club, advised by Mr. Charlie Burch, is one of the groups attending.

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Every year there is a great turnout with hundreds of people who jump in the freezing cold water. Thousands come just to watch everyone take the plunge. Sheetz provides beverages and food for the event.

Coffee, doughnuts, hot dogs and snacks will be given to the people who come. Also, there is a bonfire and DJ that plays during the event.

Last year more than 400 participants raised over $100,000, but many more are expected to participate in the years plunge.

Last year more than 400 participants raised over $100,000, but many more are expected to participate in the years plunge.

Anyone can come and watch, and there is no age limit to participate, but usually younger kids just watch.

“Any age is welcome but I’ve never seen any little kids participate” said Mr. Burch.

The Polar Plunge has been going on for six years now and it is not planning on stopping anytime soon. It is a great way to raise money for the Special Olympics athletes and a great opportunity to serve your community. Many people don’t like the cold water, and instead just donate $50 or more and come out to support the cause.

Special Olympics PA will kick the 2017 Winter Games off on January 29. The games run through January 31.

If you are interested in participating in the Polar Plunge, talk to a Key Club member or see Mr. Burch.