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Polar Plunge Benefits Special Olympics Delaware

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Cool weather didn't keep thousands of people from taking a quick dip into the cold Atlantic Ocean to support Special Olympics Delaware.

The organization held its 23rd annual LewesPolar Bear Plunge today.  The event raises awareness and money to support adults and children with intellectual disabilities.
 
Special Olympics Delaware provides sports training and competitions for 3,500 athletes in 20 different sports.

Maggie McDonald joined her best friend, Jessica Smith,  in taking the plunge.

" The Special Olympics is close to my heart and Jessica's so we've always wanted to use this opportunity to raise money for them, " McDonald said.

McDonald and Smith participated in the event for five years. The pair have raised more than $5,000 together.  Smith hopes others will chip in for the cause.

"Every little bit counts. Any amount can help. If I can do anything for the team;even rent them a court to play basketball on for a day or buy them uniforms, [then she would]" Smith said.

The air temperature was 54 degrees, but the water was a chilly 34 degrees. Rosemary Geldof said today felt pretty warm to her; others disagreed. Geldof has taken the plunge for 15 years. She has raised $24,000.  The former special education teacher taught swimming to kids with special needs. She said this event means a lot to her.

"It's just really heartwarming to be able to do it. I have some cousins who have special needs, so I do it for all of them."

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