The sixteenth annual Polar Plunge will take place March 1 off the docks of the Tumbleweed by the Big Four Bridge. Participants of the Polar Plunge raise money from donations and dive into the Ohio River as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
Hannah Kay (11, HSU) is the leader of the team “Plunging Penguins” for the Plunge this year. It is her second year participating. “I like doing it because the idea of raising money for a good cause really does make me happy and it’s a fun and insane way to benefit a good cause,” Kay said.
The team goal was $500, but Kay hopes that with seven people on her team and counting, they will be able to surpass that goal.
Other members of the team include Hayden Vinegar (11) and Allie Judge (11).
“I’ve never done it before although I’ve had multiple friends do it in the past. I thought it sounded like fun,” Judge said. “I know that jumping in the Ohio in March generally doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is for a good cause and I’m all for new experiences.” She plans to raise $100.
“I’m planning to raise the money by asking people off the wrestling team as well as friends and family,” Vinegar said. “I can’t swim very well but I do it anyway for the cause.”
Vinegar recommends the Plunge not just for the good cause, but the good times.
“I did it last year and it’s such a fun atmosphere. Everybody is dressed up in costumes, there’s game, music, and free stuff. Actually jumping in the water is half the fun, just spending time with friends and meeting new people is great too,” Vinegar said.
Those wishing to register can sign up here.