Police, community members dive into frigid waters for Special Olympics athletes


Cops along with community members dove into frigid waters today at the College Hill Pool. 

The feat was all part of a benefit to raise money for Special Olympics athletes. 

Special Olympics Kansas hosts polar plunges across the state, however this event marked the first one to come to Wichita. 

General plungers were required to raise at least $75 in order to take a dip in the pool. All of the money raised will go to the thousands of Special Olympics athletes across the Sunflower State. 

“Well it shows the passion that people have for Special Olympics and the difference that Special Olympics makes in people’s lives,” said Mitch Gunthrie, director of development for Special Olympics Kansas. “We’ve got about 5,000 athletes across the state of Kansas and that’s who we do these fundraisers for. It goes back to them, it goes towards medals, ribbons, and to pay for the events that we have throughout the year.”

Another polar plunge was also held in Garden City Saturday. 

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