Courageous kids and adults prepare to take the Polar Plunge

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The annual Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge is an annual fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics of Oregon. She said this is their eighth year participating.

Chattanooga Police Chief Roddy says the department is about to begin their fundraising efforts for this year's Special Olympics.

"It's just a great cause and we love this", said participant Rob Poirier.

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Funds are raised for over 23,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan, a year-round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Afterward, they can unthaw in hot tubs and after changing clothes, enjoy a dinner hosted by Special Olympics athletes and their families.

This event started with a parade, where everyone could show off their plunging costumes. Overman said the Scottsbluff Polar Plunge is the only event that offers hot tubs - a nice luxury after experiencing the cold water.

Rachel Pate took part in the Polar Plunge. "I'm proud of our results!" Another plunge is set to take place this Saturday, February 10th at Nationals Park, open to the public and featuring one special plunger, D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum.

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