Polar Plunge raises thousands for Special Olympics Iowa

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — People in Waterloo braved the cold water to take a plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Iowa.

A cool morning at the George Wyth State Park didn’t stop people from plunging themselves into frigid waters.

“I love my kids, love my job, the group of staff. We all do it to support our kids. A lot of us have gone on special Olympics trips the past few years,”  Megan Wagner said.

Wagner is a para-educator, or an assistant teacher, who, with others, put a team of students together to come out to take the plunge.

“You just see their eyes light up on these trips and these fundraising events are what raises money for the kids to do that,” Wagner said.

The cold weather didn’t phase some groups who were there to show support for a death at her special education school.

“Our team name is team Ferdinand after a classmate who passed away, so we do it in honor of him and for all of our other students,” Wagner said.

Lincoln Savings Bank CEO Erik Skovgard helped put the event together and said the Special Olympics is really a one-of-a-kind event.

“The thing I’d say about about Special Olympics if you’ve ever been to a track meet or been any other actual events, you should so do it,” Skovgard said.

The money will go towards the cost of training and supporting the competition, which each year sees more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes.

At the end of the day, the event raised thousands of dollars.



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