Special Olympics Polar Plunge in need of plungers

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist- David Dycus

MURRAY, Ky. - Standing in the kitchen of her classroom at Murray High School Hannah Babcock sighs and admits of cookie dough batter, "It is really hard to get these into small balls."

 

Valentine's day for the 16-year-old with Down's Syndrome means cookies and cards.

Saturday means something different.  That's when, she tells Local 6 she'll be, "Freezin' for a reason!" 

Babcock is one of hundreds who will plunge into the icy waters of Kentucky Lake to help raise funds for Special Olympics

"It is really important," she says.

"I would cry because it would be really emotional if we didn't have Special Olympics," she continued.

Her teacher, Chuck Williams, helped bring the Polar Plunge to West Kentucky. 

"It has made such a difference in their lives," he said of his students getting involved.

This Saturday he is hoping for a big turnout, "It's just a brief amount of time they are in the water and all of that money, so much of it comes back to West Kentucky."

Last year, 514 people participated and helped to raise $95,000.  This year, 505 people have signed up and $39,449 has been raised.  Williams is hoping to raise $100,000.  

Hannah says she cannot wait to take the plunge.

For those that will be joining her she said, "Thank you and have fun."

Registration begins this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Kentucky Dam Village.  The plunge is at 11:30 a.m.  This year, a 5K run has been added. There are also fund raising opportunities for those not wanting to take the plunge.  Those with questions are asked to call 502-326-5002.

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