Special Olympics Indiana Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn county delegation athletes, friends and family were among 188 people who participated in a record-breaking Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 22, at Versailles State Park, according to a press release.
Not only was this the highest number of participants for the Versailles Polar Plunge, it was the first time over $50,000 was raised, approximately $4,000 more than last year.
Sixty-six people also participated in the Polar Climb 5K Run and 3K Walk, and six children participated in the first ever Pee-Wee Plunge.
South Ripley High School, Versailles, reclaimed the “Cool School Challenge” award for the fifth year in a row raising $2,571. Other high schools participating were Lawrenceburg High School, East Central High School, Switzerland County High School and Milan High School. “Hopefully, next year Batesville High School students can join in on the fun, too,” the release noted.
The Knights of Columbus team of Aurora, Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Osgood and Greensburg raised the most money with $5,399. Ripley County resident Owen Menchhoffer was the individual raising the most money with $2,060. The Public Safety Challenge Award went to the Moores Hill Volunteer Fire Department raising $738. The Village Store, Oldenburg, was the largest team with 19 members.
All proceeds from this event benefit Special Olympics athletes in the community, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state and national level in a number of Olympic-type sports.