TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — About 900 people were ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ at the third annual Ithaca Polar Bear Plunge Saturday.

Over $64,000 was raised to support 67,162 Special Olympic athletes in New York State — the largest chapter of athletes in North America and the sixth largest in the world, organizers said.

Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement led the plunge into Cayuga Lake carrying the “Flame of Hope.” Among them was Kinsey Henry, of Groton, who will also be competing in the Special Olympics 2017 Winter World Games in Austria.

The fundraiser is open until April 2. More information can be found here. 

In case you missed it, below are 20 photos from the Ithaca Polar Bear Plunge Saturday. For more photos from the event, check out the Ithaca Polar Bear Plunge Facebook page.  (All photos are by Ken Smith and republished with permission from Ithaca Polar Bear Plunge organizers.) 

Jolene Almendarez

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