UNC Special Olympics hosted its first Polar Plunge at the pool at Lux at Central Park to raise money for Special Olympics Orange County.
The majority of polar plungers were Orange County Special Olympics athletes, their families and leaders of UNC Special Olympics. Through a Special Olympics fundraising website, donors pledged money to participating plungers, raising over $1,300 in just four days.
The polar plunge is a common fundraising event for Special Olympics programs nationwide. Sophomore Alyssa Taflinger, who founded UNC Special Olympics at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, said she had three goals in organizing the event.
“Raising awareness of what Special Olympics does, raising money for Special Olympics and also letting people meet our athletes — the awesome people that participate in our sports every day,” she said.
Taflinger said they had trouble finding a pool to hold the plunge, so they only had four days to organize the event. She hopes the club will have more time next year to plan and expand the event.