Ashley Scott, center, and other members of Brooke’s Splash Puppies emerge from Oneida Lake Sunday morning after taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York. The team raised about $1,300 for the organization in honor of Special Olympian Brooke Jones (not pictured), who also took the plunge.
Photo by Sarah Hall.
continued “The growth we’ve seen and the participation this year will help generate that much more next year. People are more interested in it. We’re going to keep building on that. We did that this year,” she said. “Next year, we want to double it again. We’re already working on that. We’re meeting with the tent companies and with Onondaga County Parks, and the county parks are so generous to let us come and have this here, but we’re meeting with them already to plan for next year’s event to put the best foot forward.”
So if you’re looking for a memorable way to spend a Sunday, start thinking about it. Next year’s Polar Plunge will likely be the first Sunday in December, 2013.
“There are so many Sunday mornings you just don’t remember throughout the course of the year. This is something you never forget,” Rucker said. “Of all the hundreds of people I talked to, some of them said they did it because they’d done it before, either when they went to college or something else. But it made them feel connected to something bigger than themselves.”