Hundreds gather for Northeast Polar Plunge

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hundreds plunged into frigid waters Saturday in Lackawanna County and it was all to raise money for a good cause.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania partnered with Montage Mountain for its inaugural “Northeast Polar Plunge.”

The fundraiser helps provide year-round sports, health, and leadership programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

A massive crowd came out to show support. There were even fun alternatives for those who didn’t want to jump into the icy cold water.

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It’s all about fostering inclusion and celebrating the accomplished Special Olympic athletes.

“It is amazing, the adrenaline is pumping, and rushing I love it!” said Meaghan Martin a Special Olympics Athlete.

“It’s all about friendships and meeting new people when you get to go travel. it’s like, you get to meet people all over the place,” added Aaron Keller a Special Olympics Athlete.

“Any sport you can think of, we got it. and we can compete in all that for free, at no cost,” continued Daniel Morales a Special Olympics Athlete.

Organizers say they were pleased with the turnout.

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