Police, others take part in Polar Plunge in Raleigh to help Special Olympics

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Police officers and other community members went “freezin’ for a reason” on Saturday.

It was the 16th annual Polar Plunge, which raises money and awareness for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

North Carolina State University Police, Raleigh Police and Knightdale police co-hosted the event.

Attendees jumped into the University Club Pool.

There was also food, face painting, prizes and more. Organizers said it raised about $5,000.

“It’s one of those charities that’s near and dear to our hearts. Going out to all these events with special Olympics athletes especially, it’s just a feel-good thing, but to be able to support those 40,000 athletes in the state of North Carolina alone is something we really enjoy,” said Raleigh Police Sgt. Ken Klos-Weller.

He said bringing awareness to the Special Olympics is the most important part.

May 29 is the date of the final torch run and opening ceremonies at Reynolds Colosseum.

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