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Plunging Into Freezing Water For Special Olympics

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By Brianna Case.
Over 300 people jumped in the water to get freezing for a reason today for Binghamton's 4th Annual Polar Plunge at the Chenango Valley State Park.

All to help raise money for the Special Olympics New York.

"Raising money is not easy. Special Olympics has its way of creating fun events like this and that. So, we do a lot of fun activities and get all of the grass routes population involved," said Shelly Mangle, Executive VP of Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics New York provides year-round athletic training and competition in 22 Olympic sports to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The New York State Police even got involved by jumping in as well as athletes families and friends.

"You'll find a lot of our athletes who are with their families here today and are jumping in to raise money for the cause that gives them competition and training," said Mangle.

"I participate no matter what. I don't give up, that's my motto. I believe that if you don't give up, you will succeed in everything," said Julian Paugh, participant.

This was the first of 21 plunges that will take place within the next 7 months around New York State. Those involved plan to keep the tradition going.