Lawmakers participate in 2nd annual Legislative Polar Plunge - WNEM TV 5

Lawmakers participate in 2nd annual Legislative Polar Plunge

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Cotter taking the plunge. Cotter taking the plunge.
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Special Olympics Michigan drove a competition-sized pool to the Capitol lawn on Thursday where state Rep. Kevin Cotter and nearly two dozen other brave legislators participated in the "Second Annual Legislative Polar Plunge and Push" in support of the nonprofit.

Cotter was also a co-chair of the event for the second year.           

"Special Olympics Michigan is an incredible organization, and with their headquarters and Summer Games in Mt. Pleasant, I have seen firsthand the positive impact they have on so many Michigan families," said Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant. "They are champions for dignity, equality for everyone as well as promoting respect for everyone. I was happy to serve as a co-chair for this event and join some of my colleagues in taking an icy plunge for such a great cause.

The event helps support Special Olympics Michigan, which brings year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 20,670 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.

"Our goal this year was to raise $30,000 for Special Olympics and I am happy to say we were able to exceed that amount," said Cotter.

The Polar Plunge takes place all over the country in cold weather and is well-known for the colorful costumes and shivering swimmers it produces.

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