Hundreds of jumpers brave icy waters for Special Olympics

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than 700 people bravely plunged into an ice cold Half Moon Lake at Carson Park.

It was sunny skies but temperatures only reached a high of 15 degrees with breezy conditions. Creative, theme-dressed jumpers had to deal with the cold but they say they did it for a good cause.

The Polar Plunge benefits the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

The program serves nearly 10,000 athletes in approximately 200 communities statewide. The goal for this year’s plunge was $200,000 which will help local athletes compete.

“We are paying for things like facility rentals, games fees, umpires everything that you would need to put on a sporting event is what this money goes toward,” said director Karen Kraus.

Sportscene 13's Justus Cleveland and Jenn Chapman served as emcees at this year's polar plunge and also took the plunge themselves.

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