Kingston Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes

Jumping into Lake Ontario the first weekend of February isn’t for the faint of heart.

But 120 brave Polar Plunge participants did just that Sunday morning, raising money for Special Olympics Ontario along the way.

This is the eighth annual Polar Plunge put on by the Kingston Police Force, Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Kingston police const. Bryan McMillan is one of the event coordinators and says all the money raised will directly help Special Olympic athletes compete.

“It goes directly toward equipment, hotels, flights, any travel, food costs, volunteers, coaches, gear for the athletes, opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies for all the local, regional, national, even world games, now,” McMillan told Global News.

Athletes like curler Conor Pap, who competes with the Kingston Shot Rocks, giving him a chance to learn new skills and make new friends all while competing.

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