Butler University holds Polar Plunge

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s hard to stay warm with these frigid temperatures the past few days, but on Saturday morning, people were “freezin’ for a reason.”

The 2014 Polar Plunge kicked off on the campus of Butler University.

The event raised money for the Special Olympics and Team Indiana.

The goal is to raise enough to fund the team to travel to New Jersey to compete.

Last year’s event raised more than $500,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.

Organizers say getting involved, especially for the athletes, is life changing.

“I have been involved in unified basketball and the smiles and companionship with each other,” student coordinator for Butler Polar Plunge Ryan Mughmaw said. “They aren’t really competing, they’re just bringing each other together happiness and that’s what we all really want anyways, right?”

Saturday’s event was one of two around the state, and there are several others leading up to the big Polar Plunge at Eagle Creek on March 1.

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