Manhattan Polar Plunge raises over $14K for Special Olympics Kansas

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The wind was blowing but the sun finally made an appearance Saturday as several came out for the 2021 Polar Plunge at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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The sun was no consolation for the nearly 60 plungers, many who arrived in costume, braving a 30-inch tall, 12-foot wide pool with bags of ice in it, provided by Manhattan Brewing Company. The plunge-time temperature Saturday at noon was just 56 degrees.

Organizers say over $14,000 was raised surpassing this year’s goal of $13,000, to benefit Special Olympics Kansas. Last year’s Polar Plunge was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Those taking the plunge included private citizens who donated, members of local businesses, the K-State football team, and members of the Riley County Police Department. A Special Olympic Athlete was also there to take the plunge.

All photos were taken by KMAN reporter Sam Hennigh.

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