KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Over 600 athletes participate in New Hanover County’s Special Olympics program, and they can’t operate without donations and fundraising events.
Saturday they held their annual polar plunge to raise money
Kure Beach is rarely crowded on a gloomy day in February, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday when Special Olympics hosted its 16th annual Polar Plunge, Fun Run and 5k fundraiser.
“100% of the money goes to our local athletes, so it’s the athletes you see here today plunging. All of the money goes to pay for their programs, transportation, food, dances, uniforms, everything,” said Brooke DeAmaral, one of the co-coordinators of Special Olympics, New Hanover County.
Brooke says that this year’s plunge has had the best plunge turnout to date, meaning the highest amount of money raised to date as well.
“Our goal is 60 thousand but I think we’re on track to really crush it this year,” Brooke added.
Parents say that events like these are important, because Special Olympics offers something to children with disabilities that no one else can.
“My daughter is a Special Olympics athlete and without Special Olympics she probably wouldn’t be given that opportunity. There’s nothing better than to see your child having fun and doing things that give her the opportunity to be a normal child,” explained Cristy Franke.