Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge took place Feb. 24

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO – The annual Triad Polar Plunge was held Feb. 24 at Wet ‘N Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park.
Every year, groups of people plunge themselves into cold water as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
Blythe Terwilliger is a K9 officer for the Burlington Police Department, which helps organize the Polar Plunge. Terwilliger helped to coordinate the event and did a K9 demo. All of the      money earned from the Polar Plunge goes to the Special Olympic athletes, allowing them to travel to all the games and compete.
Charles Allison and Mark Joram are employees at Herbal Life, a health and nutrition company which promotes volunteering. They volunteered at the Polar Plunge giving incentives to people based on how much they donate. This was Allison’s first time and Joram’s second, and they both enjoy doing good things to support the community. They believe that it is important to give back and beneficial to everyone.
Mike Stone has been involved with the Special Olympics since it first began in 1968. He said that it has changed a lot, and that more people have been able to participate and compete.
“Athletes have found their way,” he said. He is on the Athlete’s Council and is a global messenger. He helps spread the word and get more athletes involved.
The Polar Plunge is a fun and beneficial way to raise money for the Special Olympics. The 2018 USA Special Olympics will be held in Seattle in July.

Nancy Drago is a sophomore at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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