Local Polar Plunge Raises Over $131K for Special Olympics


544 people took to the freezing waters of the Long Island Sound for the cause.

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Brrr. Over 500 people ran into the frigid waters of the Long Island Sound last month to raise money for a good cause. The 12th annual  “Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason” at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai collectively took in $131,033 for the Special Olympics of New York.


“Congratulations to the Special Olympics of New York for another successful Polar Plunge,” said Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley. “I commend the volunteers, plungers, Town employees, police, fire and ambulance staff who worked so hard to help make this event a big success.”


Special Olympics New York, Long Island Region has 4,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. The athletes and their families or caregivers are never charged to participate. It costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season. For more information about the Special Olympics New York, go to www.specialolympicsny.org.