My name is Vincent Collucci and I had recently taken part in the Polar Bear Plunge on February 27, 2010, along with two other friends of mine. The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser that supports the Special Olympics of New Jersey in which 18,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities can compete in over 24 sports geared towards them.
I was able to raise $725.00, and as a combined total for our group, we raised $1,342.00. There were many other participants and groups who helped contribute to the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. 4,500 others joined us in plunging into the Atlantic Ocean and as a whole, $927,866.00 were raised in donations.
The water was a crisp 38 degrees, but you would never know it by the amount of people that were there walking around in their bathing suits. It was so crowded that even I got lost from my group for a good 10 minutes. You would have thought it was the 4th of July, with the exception of snow on the ground.
We all had a great time and were able to make some new friends. Whether you know someone who is affected by special needs or not, you should donate to this special cause. By doing this, it will give people who can’t or don’t participate in every day sports or activities a chance to shine on a very special day.