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Take 5 to Care: Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

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It was a perfect day to jump into a pool, at least if you ask hundreds of people with really good hearts.

Today was the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics across the metro.

KCTV5 was there for the Take 5 to Care Event: The Polar Plunge and 5k Strut for Special Olympics Kansas.

Our own Carolyn Long led the way for dozens of teams today out at Schlitterbahn. Everyone there was taking part in the annual Polar Plunge that raises money for Special Olympics Kansas.

“We have over 30 events through the year,” said Captain Jeff Bragg with the Olathe Police Department. “This is largest. This kicks off our 2018 season.”

From Drone5, it didn’t look all that bad. The sun was shining and, with temperatures above normal, it was no big deal, right?

Not so fast.

Towan Smith and his colleagues from the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department were in the water all morning in case any plungers needed assistance, but at some point, they decided to lose the protective gear and take the plunge themselves.

“Why not?” Smith said. “It’s for a good cause.”

A total of 31 teams took part in the chilly action. The Shawnee Police Department even brought along the youngest plungers of the day.

Joe Baker from Oak Grove came out for the 5k and wound up taking the plunge as well.

“I’m freezing, but it’s for a good cause,” he said. “Being able to be a part of this has been amazing.”

To donate to the Special Olympics, click here.

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