Luke Matthews

Freezin’ for a Reason

Freezin’ for a Reason

I’m not getting any younger, so I may as well start doing the things that I’ve put off all my life.

The first time I ever saw a Polar Plunge, I was in Ames at Iowa State. I saw a bunch of nutjobs jump into Lake Laverne in the dead of winter for what looked like no reason. I kept thinking about how crazy that was. I don’t even like to get in the shower when the water is room temperature.

ppFast forward to a few weeks ago when a good friend approached me about helping with the Warren County chapter of Special Olympics Iowa. They’re putting on a Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 1 at Lake Ahquabi. Originally, I was asked to just host the festivities, but then it was put past me to actually participate. Could I do that? Jump into freezing cold water? I knew right away that the answer would be yes.

I had a wonderful experience volunteering several years back for the Special Olympic Games when they were hosted in Ames. I was so inspired and moved by the courage, strength, and resolve of the athletes participating in the games. These young men and women deal with real struggles and they live with them their whole lives. That was something that really stuck with me. So when it came to the question of whether I would suffer through a little discomfort for a few minutes to help kids that fight their entire lives, well then the answer was easy. If me jumping into cold water raises even just a dime more than the Special Olympics had prior, then it would all be worth it.

The event is currently well short of their fundraising goal. We could really use YOUR help. You don’t even have to jump in the water to help. I encourage you to sign yourself and even some friends or family up for this great event. It’s only a couple hours out of your Saturday and should be a lot of fun. You can find out more about the event here. I hope to see you there! I’ll be writing a full post to recap the fun after the event.

 

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