Michigan legislators make polar plunge for Special Olympics

Michigan lawmakers braved the cold this afternoon for the Legislative Polar Plunge.

Twenty legislators – including John Kivela, Scott Dianda, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley – plunged into the icy pool on the Capitol Lawn in Lansing to raise awareness for the 19,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan.

“It’s more than just helping people that are maybe excluded sometimes. It’s about creating opportunity and stronger communities because the more that we include that diversity – it’s a strength. When we look at it as a strength, it’s going to benefit all of us,” noted Lt. Governor Calley.

It’s the third year for the polar plunge, and it’s raised more than $50,000 for the organization. The year-round program offers sports for those with intellectual disabilities.

To find out more visit somi.org.