By Carrie Dillard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Hundreds of people lined the docks at Conley Bottom Resort in Monticello Saturday morning in support of the Special Olympics Kentucky and those taking a dive for the 2014 Polar Plunge.
The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest fundraising events for the Special Olympics each year and, despite a brutally cold winter, there was no shortage of brave souls willing to face the 39.6 degree water to raise money for a good cause.
Plunge Teams raised money and took a dip in the freezing cold water to raise money for the athletes of the Special Olympics Kentucky, a non-profit organization that offers year-round athletic training and Olympic style sports competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All of the money raised stays in the state and goes towards funding the 15 Special Olympic official sports.
Local students from Somerset Community College were among those to take the plunge this year. As a team, they were able to raise $1,275 to donate to the Special Olympics Program.
Saturday’s plunge event was the fifth event of the plunge season, with one event remaining in Louisville on Saturday.
With the plunge season nearing an end for this year, it’s not too late to make a contribution. For information on how to make a donation, visit the Special Olympics Kentucky website at www.soky.org or call 1-800-633-7403.