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7th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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On Sunday, several people will take to the waters of Oneida Lake during the seventh annual Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores. YNN's Brad Vivacqua tells us more about the chilly event.

BREWERTON, N.Y. -- About 2,000 people will take a quick jump into Oneida Lake as part of the seventh annual Polar Plunge on Sunday.

Participants are required to make a donation, and anyone who raises at least $100 will receive a sweatshirt. The money raised benefits Special Olympics athletes, and allows them to participate in the games at no cost.

This year's goal is to raise $100,000. According to organizers, that money helps in a huge way.

"We have 61,000 athletes in New York State. This provides them competition, training, mentorship, just an entire community of support. So, coming out in support of Polar Plunge is supporting Special Olympics, and we're so excited because Winter Games is coming to Syracuse February 21 and 22," said Cassandra Rucker, New York Special Olympics Development Director.

If you're interested in participating, you can register online at or at Oneida Shores on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. The plunge is scheduled for noon. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP