7 take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

By: By Natalie Davis - ndavis@ansonrecord.com

The Anson County Sheriff’s Office hosted its third annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on March 24, raising the overall goal of $3,000.

Lt. Brian Tice said that the turnout was around 50 people with seven plungers.

The event took place at Griffin Lodge, 2063 Redfern Road in Wadesboro. Registration began at 11 a.m., and the plunge at 11:30 a.m.

Organizers say this event is a “unique opportunity” for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics NorthCarolina athletes by jumping into frigid winter bodies of water across the state.

Events like the Polar Plunge help support nearly 40,000 Special Olympic athletes in North Carolina. Special Olympic athletes around the world follow the oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

The plungers consisted of law enforcement and emergency services personnel, as well as individuals from the community of all ages. Each plunger was asked to either raise or donate a minimum of $100.

Special guests included Anson County Special Olympics athletes, community leaders and DJ Brandon Little.

There were no sponsors, but there was a new area designated for participants to enter the water who choose not to jump from the pier.

Prizes were awarded to Sgt. Mario Elkoersey and Robbie Thomas for the best costume and most money raised.

“I would like to thank everyone that participated and volunteered, and especially everyone that donated money to help support Special Olympics,” Tice said.

The Anson County Sheriff’s Office was presented with a plaque for its outstanding service and dedication for Special Olympics earlier this year.

The award was presented during the North Carolina Torch Run for Special Olympics annual kick-off conference.

Sheriff Landric Reid said that this is the second year his office has been involved with Special Olympics and in that time Anson County has raised more than $12,000.

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By Natalie Davis

ndavis@ansonrecord.com