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Daniel Collins Takes a Swim on a Snowy Afternoon

Daniel Collins, after taking a swim in snowy Seaside Heights after Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics NJ Credits: Ryan Collins
Dan sporting the Polar Bear Plunge sweatshirt and psyching himself up to take to the water. Credits: Ryan Collins
Collins and his dad, Leo Collins, pose for a picture Saturday morning, hours before they were "freezing for a reason." Credits: Scott McNulty
Collins, pictured with his brother, Ryan (left), and friend Vincent Campanella, get ready to jump in the icy waters at Seaside Heights on Saturday. Credits: Joseph Campanella
(Pictured left to right): Dan, his dad Leo Collins, and younger brother Ryan, pose for a picture Saturday morning. Credits: Scott McNulty
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - On a balmy February afternoon, with air temperatures hovering in the upper 20s and a water temperature of 33 degrees, Clark's Daniel Collins decided to take a dip in the ocean.  Saturday's event was the 21st annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics in New Jersey, and Collins' fourth time jumping into the frigid waters of New Jersey to support the cause. 
"The water is cold, it's freezing, but as long as it's for a good cause, there's really not too much to it," said Collins. "It's a great thing to be a part of."
Collins took the plunge with his dad, Leo, and brother, Ryan.  The three Collins men were members of the 31-person strong "Jersey City Frozen Copsicle" group. 
Special Olympics New Jersey is a non-profit organization that provides sports training and Olympic-style sports competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Thousands of supporters take part in the Polar Bear Plunge each year, raising more than $1.4 million for the cause annually, according to the Special Olympics NJ website.

Collins pledged a personal goal of $1,000 to the cause and has raised $625 toward it. To support Collins' efforts, visit his Donation Page.  All contributions benefit Special Olympics NJ.
Collins is a 2013 graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School and currently attends Union County College.  He is pursuing a career in sports journalism and plans to continue his education at Montclair State University or William Paterson University.  Collins' writing often appears on the pages of TAP into Clark, as he is currently completing his Communications Practicum as an intern covering ALJ sports. 

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