On February 23rd a team of American Profit Recovery team members braved the freezing weather to participate in a cause we all believe in at an event we’ve loved for years. The 2019 Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. It was my second time jumping and I have to say, it’s one of my favorite ways to raise money for anything. Our kind hosts at Fork & Pint put forth a great effort assisting with the event, and thousands of dollars are raised each year. Having known a good handful of Special Olympics athletes over the years I can say it’s a great pleasure to assist in find them some donations.
A couple of people on our team this year were jumping for the first time, and I was asked by them as well as outside friends what it’s like to jump into icy waters and how in the world do you make that jump. Honestly, once you’re standing on the edge, it’s not that hard to jump, and once you’re in that water, it’s pretty hard to think of anything besides just how unbelievably cold it is.
However, once you’re hoisting yourself from that water, cold to the bone and carrying the weight of whatever waterlogged costume you may be wearing, you hear the cheers of the crowd and remember why you are doing it. There is a definite feeling of accomplishment and you can’t help but to think of all the volunteers and athletes you’re doing this for. If they are willing to work as hard as they are, then surely you can handle some icy water.
To anyone thinking of participating in the future, I highly recommend it. Sure, the water is cold, but it is worth every second in that water to support the amazing athletes and the organization that they work with.