SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – Once again, numerous Clark residents and police officers headed to the Jersey shore in the dead of winter to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean with more than 7,500 dedicated plungers to ‘get freezing for a reason’ in the 26th annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event, held on Saturday, February 23 was hosted by the Special Olympics of New Jersey.
According to the SONJ, thousands of folks plunge into the frigid waters to raise money for programming and events for more than 25,000 athletes throughout the state. Plungers must raise at least $100 before the event to be eligible to participate. This year's plungers raised over $2M.
This year was Clark Police Officer Ted McKeown’s second plunge with other officers. “We do it to support such a great cause. The PBA is a huge advocate of the Special Olympics. It’s (the plunge), an amazing way to play our part as a community orientated program.”
Dan Collins, a freelance sports writer for TAPinto Clark, has been plunging with his dad and brother since 2012. The three of them join the Jersey City Copsicles in the mid-winter swim each year. No matter the weather, the Collins family heads back
When asked what keeps him going back each year, Collins explained why he sees it as a worthy journey. “It’s just the general idea of taking part in a great cause, which involves putting all the money raise towards the New Jersey Special Olympics.” Collins said. “To see the amount of money they raise year after year and all the people who dedicate one Saturday to freezing for a reason, it’s definitely worth it.”
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