SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - They did it. South Plainfield residents took the drive down the shore and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday in support of Special Olympics New Jersey at the Annual Polar Bear Plunge.
For some it was the first time and for others it is an annual outing with family, friends and neighbors. No matter the amount of times, it is certain to make for life-lasting memories.
Maggie Batshaw is 14, in 8th grade at SPMS. She was part of her father's team from work that raised $12,153. "She plunged like a champ," said her father, Andrew C. Batshaw. Maggie's sister Isabella 9, is in 4th grade at Riley. "She was there to support the team and will be plunging next year," said Batshaw.
This is the third year for Alex Ruchaevsky, his son Tyler is 12 (almost 13) and attends SPMS. "I love attending this event for my son Tyler and all the amazing athletes," said Alex Ruchaevsky. Alex shared the following video of the Plunge
Special Olympics New Jersey provides sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 20K children and adults with intellectual disabilities.