Remember freezing for a reason…take the polar dip

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If you’ve ever wanted to swim in the dead of winter in sub-freezing temperatures in a lake, then a Polar Plunge is for you.






Sheritha Jones Omaha World-Herald Chief Librarian


CHRIS MACHIAN, THE HERald OF THE WORLD


The Polar Plunge is the largest one-day fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes and programs. Money raised from the event is used for sports, health and education programming.

Midwesterners with tough hearts, thick skin, and wacky costumes form teams and brave the white waters. A diver can be anyone with enough nerve to dip more than their toes into freezing water for a good cause. It’s the frozen gift that keeps on giving.

Speed ​​is the name of the game as participants move in and out of the water.

Jump into an icy lake? It’s bananas! But it’s well worth a few minutes of misery to help people in need. Divers barely dress for the weather as they don anything from bikinis, shorts, speedos and even horns to take the plunge. All together now – Charge!

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Let’s remember that refreshing dip for a special cause.







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2006: Douglas County Corrections Officers Tonya Burnside and Gary McNulty wore orange jumpsuits (inmate gear) for their dive in Lake Zorinsky. Gary won the award for oldest diver.


JAMES R. BURNETT, THE HERALD OF THE WORLD








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2016: Jayce Patterson gets dressed and stands in the cold water of Lake Cunningham.


BRENDAN SULLIVAN, THE HERALD OF THE WORLD








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2016: Jill Sandhoefner sprints from cold water while taking part in the annual Omaha Polar Plunge at Lake Cunningham. The Omaha Polar Plunge, hosted by law enforcement, supports more than 5,000 athletes who are part of Special Olympics Nebraska.


BRENDAN SULLIVAN, THE HERALD OF THE WORLD








Brr.  As the snow falls, hundreds take the plunge to support Special Olympics

2014 : A team of US Strategic Command employees go for a zoo theme during Saturday’s Polar Plunge at Lake Cunningham. They are, from left to right, Heather Erickson, Rene Garcia, Phil Erickson and Tony Morales.


PAIGE YOWELL, WORLD HERALD








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2021: Dustin Behlmann is known for his outrageous costumes at the annual Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Nebraska. Dustin competes in several Special Olympics events.


COURTESY OF JENNIFER BEHLMANN








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2015 : High winds and low temperatures didn’t stop Omaha Marian students from diving into Lake Cunningham for the Special Olympics Nebraska Polar Plunge. The students raised over $4,000 to support the organization. Nearly 30 students and a teacher took part.


MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL








The Salty Dog team walks arm in arm through the freezing waters of Lake Manawa not just once but twice during Saturday's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa.

2011: The Salty Dog team walks arm in arm through the freezing waters of Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs not once, but twice, during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa.


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