For the past four years, Bill Mills has been the top Polar Plunge fundraiser from Special Olympics London. Having plunged at in-person plunges in the past, Mills, who volunteers as a floor hockey coach, says that the virtual plunge brings with it a new challenge. “It is always a challenge to gear up to take on the cold water, but for the past two years the challenge was thinking of unique ways to pull off the virtual plunge.”
Bill certainly doesn’t do this alone – this year’s plunge saw him riding his late father’s four-wheeled scooter while his supporters threw buckets of water at him (18 total!), and he is always encouraging more athletes to take the plunge! “This year we had four Special Olympics London athletes do their individual plunges,” Bill says, and he hopes to see even more next year!
“We have a great working relationship in London with law enforcement through both the Polar Plunge and the Torch Run,” Bill notes, adding that it’s always outstanding to see the support from the Torch Run community and “highlight what is possible by simply getting wet and cold.”
The highlight of his virtual plunge this year? “The warmest weather of the spring!” Bill’s plunge took place when it was a balmy 16 degrees outside. And while he may not have been truly freezin’, he was certainly doing it for a great reason! Thank you Bill for your continued support of Special Olympics Ontario athletes!