Special Olympics Maryland announced today that it raised $2.25 million through its 2014 winter water series, which includes last Saturday’s 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.
Proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge and other related events benefit SOMD, which provides free year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 6,500 people with intellectual disabilities. The Polar Bear Plunge has raised more than $25 million for SOMD over the past 18 years.
“Even though the event had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, the rescheduled Plunge turned out to be a great day for everyone. We’re very pleased we were able to provide a fun experience for participants and supporters while raising critical funds for a very special cause,” said Jim Schmutz, SOMD President and CEO in a statement.
More than 8,000 people participated in the Polar Bear Plunge and related events this year, including the Freeze Your Buns Run, Super Plunge, Corporate Plunge Challenge and Cool Schools Challenge.