Chattanooga Polar Plunge – Freezin’ for a Reason

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Chattanoogans are freezing – but for a good reason. 

The annual Polar Plunge continued at UTC’s Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon-with a creative twist during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This year you have the opportunity to jump into the pool here at Finley stadium or if you are not comfortable doing that you can do a plunge at home. You can be creative with that you can do a water balloon fight , water bucket challenge or whatever you want to do as long as you are creative. This year we say it doesn’t matter how you plunge it just matters that you do,” says Jennifer McAfee, Event Manager. 

This event is a fundraiser to help benefit the Special Olympics and their participating athletes. 

“Our athletes do not pay to compete or to train in the Special Olympics. Everything that we do is driven by fundraisers, donors and sponsors. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Our goal for Chattanooga this year is $20,000 and we are sitting on about $16,000 right now,” says McAfee.

Event manager of the polar plunge says this year’s fundraiser is even more important than in years past. 

“We haven’t been able to do a lot of in person Events with our athletes but we have been doing a lot of virtual events to really keep them involved that way. We are so excited to get back to in-person events. Ware hoping late spring or early summer we will be able to do that. But when we do for every athlete it’s going to be an additional $11.53 just for all of the PPE and equipment. So that makes this fundraiser even more important this year,” says McAfee.

There are several polar plunges that are taking place across the state of Tennessee during the month of February. If you would like to participate in a plunge or donate to this worthy cause, click here


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