PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Polar Plunge had dozens in attendance Saturday, either as spectators or those taking a swim in order to benefit the Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
The 2020 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge required that individuals donate at least $50 or more for Special Olympic athletes. As part of the tradition, participants took a plunge into cold waters even in the freezing temperatures. While the event was held at Heinz Field, people dove into small pools instead of the river.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 534 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths
Many police departments took part in the fundraising festivities. Pittsburgh Police, Millvale Police, Mt. Lebanon Police, Shaler Township Police and state troopers are just a few law enforcement departments who participated.
A regular attendee is Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,766 New Cases, 113 More Deaths
“We’ve never done it before and through the commitment of a lot of people who dug down deep from the teams to the people in the community, giving from their heart, so we’ve raised over $570,000, which we’re just so, so happy just to make that mark,” Chief Schubert said. “We know really where it goes to and that’s for the athletes. They don’t have to pay for anything.”
Those who were too “chicken” to get in the frigid waters could still pay the donation, enjoy the food and activities provided and watch as other braver souls took the plunge.MORE NEWS: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School Districts
Port Authority Police Department announced that more than $570,000 had been raised for the cause.
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