Hundreds dip into icy water for Special Olympics

(WISH Photo/Dustin Grove)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — More than 700 people braved the icy waters Saturday to take a plunge into Eagle Creek Reservoir. And they were all “freezin’ for a reason.”

It was the 15th annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of Indiana.

“This is our signature fundraiser,” said spokeswoman Duchess Adjei. “Last year, we raised over $500,000 and this year, we really want to break that record.”

Indianapolis Firefighters had to break through nearly two feet of ice just to get to the water before the event. Once it began, people began the plunge – some in swim suits while others wore more unique outfits.

One of the first to take the plunge was Phillip Baker who, by himself, has raised $68,000 for the Special Olympics over the last decade.

“He’s a very special young man. People love him and it’s a great organization, and they love giving to the Special Olympics,” said Phillip’s dad, Ray.

“Oh my gosh, what am I doing?” asked an already-shivering Shelby Colglazier as she neared the plunge line. The IUPUI student was there along with her sorority sisters.  Asked why she decided to take part, she answered, “It’s definitely rewarding.”

More than 2,400 Special Olympics athletes take part in programs offered by Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks and surrounding counties throughout the year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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