Large crowd takes cold dip to benefit Arkansas Special Olympics

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – More than 100 people got cold for a cause in Paragould on Saturday afternoon.

A large crowd gathered at Crowley's Ridge State Park for the Eighth Annual Polar Bear Plunge. The plunge benefits the Arkansas Special Olympics.

Before teams took turns jumping into the 40-degree lake, the Area One chapter announced that it had collected close to $40,000. Co-director Audrea King says the record amount will be put to good use.

"It provides training for (the athletes) at no cost," King said, "that they can attend different trainings and go to sporting events and provide a wonderful athletic experience for them."

The Area One Special Olympics brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities from Clay, Greene, Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp and Fulton Counties.

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