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Residents Brave Cold Lake

MORE THAN 300 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $40,000 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Posted: February 16, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Sara Kissinger, from left, Lindsay Varnes and Michele Oakley, dressed as Beaker, Floyd Pepper and Janice from The Muppets, react to the chilly water temperature Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Prairie Creek Marina in Rogers during the annual Polar Plunge, an event benefitting Special Olympics Arkansas. Prizes were award to best costumes for groups, pairs and individuals along with prizes for most money raised.

A soaked man dressed in a silver wig and a pink bra and tutu pulled off one of his boots and turned it over, emptying the Beaver Lake water that had collected inside it moments earlier.

AT A GLANCE

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

ARKANSAS

Special Olympics Arkansas supports 14,000 athletes across the state, including 825 in Northwest Arkansas, who compete and train yearround in 20 Olympic-type sports. The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation created Special Olympics in 1970. Since then it has become the world’s largest program of sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

SOURCE: SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARKANSAS

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