First Polar Plunge at a Super Bowl raises money for Special Olympics Minnesota

(WTNH)– Folks in Minnesota ahead of the big game are getting their first taste of one of the coldest charity events in the country.

That’s right, people were jumping into a pool of water barely above freezing to help raise money for the Special Olympics Minnesota. It’s one of the many charities the NFL is paired up with and couldn’t miss the chance to show it off at the Super Bowl.

On a day where fans were bundling up, some folks were stripping it down to just shorts and a t-shirts for a good cause.

It’s the first ever Polar Plunge at a Super Bowl where people jump into water that would be frozen if not for them jumping in it.

“Why not, it’s all for Special Olympics, all done for a special cause and this is my 20th jump,” said Ray Kennedy, Polar Plunge participant.

“It’s my first one doing it and it way worse than I thought it was going to be but I’m just freezing. I’m drying off now so I’m good now,” said another participant.

“We are one of the states that the Polar Plunge is one of the engines that makes us run. You know in Minnesota with 10,000 frozen lakes it’s pretty unique,” said Dave Dorn, President, Ceo of Special Olympics Minnesota.

“Woo it’s cold man not as cold as years past but it was exhilarating for sure,” said a participant.

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