Giving Back

Clark Family Meets Super Bowl Champ While Taking the 'Plunge' for Special Olympics

e494268249ae895b640a_polar_super.jpg
The Collins family met former Giant Steve Weatherford at the Special Olympics New Jersey Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights on Saturday. Credits: Jim Greene
a077aa2dc3e6e37b67ee_polar_dan.jpg
Getting ready to take the plunge into 40 degree water is TAPinto Clark sportswriter Daniel Collins. Credits: Leo Collins
cb5e110ae7bad7a30b24_polar_flag.jpg
The Collins family were members of the Jersey City Police Department's "Frozen Copsicles" plunge team. Credits: Daniel Collins
e494268249ae895b640a_polar_super.jpg

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – The Polar Bear Plunge normally conjures up visions of hearty souls running across a snow-covered beach to bravely (crazily?) jump into frigid waters all for a good cause.  Unseasonably warm temperatures made Saturday’s Polar Bear Plunge seem more like, well, a day at the beach. But it was all still for a good cause.

Clark’s own Daniel and Ryan Collins, along with dad Leo of Rahway, took the race into the Atlantic’s 40 degree waters to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.  The three are members of the Jersey City police department’s “Frozen Copsicles” plunge team.

“Helping others who can't pay you back, for me, is one of the greatest feelings ever,” Dan Collins said. “It's very fulfilling. It's a chance to show unity and at the same time give back to the community.”

Sign Up for E-News

An added bonus for the brave family was meeting former NY Giant punter and Super Bowl XLVI champ Steve Weatherford, who was decked out in a rainbow tutu and straw sombrero for his dip in the frigid waters.

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.

Click Here to support Daniel Collins' Special Olympics fundraising efforts. 

---------------

TAPintoClark.net  is Clark’s official electronic news source and the only free daily paper. 

Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Small Fire Extinguished at Addams Tavern in Westfield

June 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller.

The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a three-foot by three-foot area was damaged, Tiller said.

The restaurant at 115 Elm St. is ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

Watson Coleman Statement on Shooting at Trenton Art All Night

June 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

I am saddened and angered at the violence that took place at Art All Night (in Trenton) early this morning, and I am praying for all of the families involved, but, as I’ve said before, that’s not enough. After every shooting, we talk about motive, mental illness and every other distraction from the real problem — guns.

New Jersey has some of the strongest gun ...

Medical Mystery of the Month – Exploding Head Syndrome

June 4, 2018

Scotch Plains, NJ - Have you ever heard a gunshot or other loud noise when falling asleep or upon waking, but the person right next to you didn’t hear a thing? If so, you may have been experiencing exploding head syndrome (EHS.) Other reported sounds from people who suffer from this condition include roaring, waves crashing, explosions or loud ringing, and for some, flashes of light may ...

Scotch Plains Library to Host Teen Afternoons in Summer

June 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In lieu of the Scotch Plains Library’s after school club, the teen department will host weekly summer programs for patrons in grades 5-12. Starting on July 2, teens are invited to hang out, play games, and make crafts every Monday at 3 pm. 

Starting on July 11, the library will offer special programming every other Wednesday at 3 pm. Rock candy, slime, and ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

Religions And Spirituality