Last weekend, hundreds of individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement volunteers and hundreds of community members took part in the Special Olympics Oregon’s most unique and daring fundraising event – the POLAR PLUNGE!
The Polar Plunge began in 2007 when close to 200 brave souls plunged into the Deschutes River. Since then, nearly 3,500 people have taken the plunge in Bend, Portland, Medford, Eugene and Corvallis. Proceeds from Polar Plunge will go towards supporting the Special Olympics Oregon’s mission to deliver sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in local communities state-wide during the winter, summer and fall sports seasons.
This year in Portland, the Polar Plunge took place at the Gleason Boat Ramp at 42nd and Marine Drive. The event was open to the public.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) joined the tradition this year, stationing rescue apparatus and an engine from Station 12 to provide medical coverage throughout the event. PF&R’s Fireboat Buss provided a water display to start the general plunge on February 12th.