DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Dozens were out at West Lake Park Saturday for the 10th annual Davenport Polar Plunge. Area football teams, first responders, and even dogs were there plunging to support the Iowa Special Olympics.
“When you go athlete to athlete regardless of the case, you know it’s always, it kind of hits you at home considering you do that every day it means a lot to them and so it means a lot to us too,” Gordy Fild, with the North Scott Lancers Sophomore football team, said.
“It’s great to be able to help them out, the athletes are so excited about all the events that they get to participate in and the friendships they make and it makes a big difference for them so it’s something that I enjoy doing and you know, it’s a fun even,” Sandra Sievert with the Davenport Police Department, said.
Some dressed up in costumes, while others watched from the sidelines.
“After you do it, it’s different than just watching it, when you do it you see the inside workings of it and the teamwork and just kind of the good feeling you have for helping somebody out,” Trooper Dan Loussaert, with the Iowa State Patrol and an organizer of the Davenport Polar Plunge, said.
All were there raising money to help more than 13,000 athletes participate in Iowa Special Olympic events. Athletes like James Sullivan, who teamed up with the Davenport Police Department to brave the water too.
“It was a little cold,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan says even though the water was cold, it felt great seeing so many people there to support him.
“It makes me feel awesome,” he said. “I’d just like to thank everybody that came out and helped Special Olympics because it means a lot to me.”
Organizers are hoping this year’s plunge will bring in around $15,000. They expect to have a final total on Monday.
The Davenport Police Department will be at the Red Robin in Davenport for their Tip a Cop fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 20. All money goes to Iowa Special Olympics and they will be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.