It is always fun to participate in charity work, but the Polar Plunge brings goodwill to a whole different level! Every year, thousands of people take a dip into water for the special olympics. But this isn’t just a normal swim…..the water is freezing, because it is in the middle of winter! However, these swimmers are doing it for a good cause. All proceeds hep fund the Special Olympics in Illinois.
The Polar Plunge takes place in many places across the state of Illinois. It even brings out some big names, Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in the Chicago Polar plunge, and Jimmy Fallon dove into Lake Michigan. In 2014, the Polar Plunge raised more than 1.1 Million dollars for the cause.
Because of that wonderful statistic, I tried to base my video around the reason why people plunge into the ice! I found that many participants have a special connection to the special olympics. Watch my video, and see how sometimes cold water, can still make you feel warm.
Here is my script if you would like to follow along:
|CG LOWERTHIRD – Taylor Rooks
VIDEO OF POLAR PLUNGE SHIRTS
VIDEO OF PEOPLE RUNNING INTO LAKE
VIDEO OF ANDERSON WALKING AROUND DRESSED AS WITCH.
TAKE SOT OF MELISSA ANDERSON
VIDEO OF KIDS SPLASHING IN WATER
VIDEO OF DOG SPLASHING IN WATER
VIDEO OF MATT PAYNE HOLDING HIS HAT
SOT OF MATT PAYNE
VIDEO OF MYNDIE IN CAMERA BEFORE SHE SPEAKS
SOT OF MYNDIE TURNER
VIDEO OF PEOPLE JUMPING INTO THE LAKE
VIDEO OF JUMPER RUNNING OUT
FADE FROM JUMPER SOT
|TAKE PKG – REPORTER TAYLOR ROOKS
It’s time to make a splash for a special cause. The Polar Plunge is bringing people together in a very unique way…diving into freezing water in the middle of an Illinois winter is about as crazy as it gets.
But participant Melissa Anderson says… she’s freezing for a good cause…..the special Olympics. (17s)
Take SOT of Anderson
“I used to help with the Special Olympics in college and it’s a great organization. It’s wonderful to be able to help out kids who get so excited about stuff. You throw a softball a little bit away, and they get so excited. It’s an amazing organization.” (13s)
…..An organization that has had lots of success with this event. In 2013, more than 1 million dollars was raised by 6,000 plungers [JC1] as they dove into the icy lake. Matt Payne makes sure to have the essentials while he shows his support in the water. (18s)
Take SOT of Matt Payne
“You want to have a hat that will give you support in the water in case you drowned. Drinking warm liquids before hand and you’re good to go.” (10s)
Participant Myndie Turner is “good to go,” because this plunge means more to her than a simple splash in the lake. (8s)
Take SOT of Myndie Turner
“I work with special needs kids, so it’s something I do because I love it. I’ve been working with special needs kids since I was in college, so it’s something that is dear to my heart.” (12s)
So for people interested in participating in this year’s polar plunge, don’t let the weather scare you! Because even though their bodies will be icy cold, I’m sure their hearts will be very warm. For Off The Shelf and Online, I’m Taylor Rooks. (13s)