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Athletes brave frigid temps at the Cleveland Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

Posted at 9:03 AM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 20:16:49-05

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Despite the winter cold Saturday, athletes jumped into Lake Erie to benefit the Special Olympics.

The participants raised money to earn a spot in the event.

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield served as a virtual captain of the event, and one participant received a pair of autographed limited-edition Bose wireless headphones.

Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition in 20 different Olympic-type sports for more than 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Over $94,000 was raised for the athletes of the Special Olympics Ohio by more than 400 people.

Anyone who wants more information about the Special Olympics can call 614-239-7050 or visit