Inspiring athletes take the 'Polar Plunge' for Special Olympics PA

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Inspiring athletes take the 'Polar Plunge' for Special Olympics PA
Emmett Abdo not only got to carry the Flame of Hope, but also braved the cold at today's Philadelphia Polar Plunge!

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- "I got involved with Special Olympics, finding something to do on a Saturday morning," said athlete Emmett Abdo from Philadelphia. "I do soccer, swimming, basketball, and tennis. And today, I'm taking the plunge."

Inspiring athletes like Emmett Abdo joined hundreds in braving the cold to fundraise for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

It was the 9th annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge, which took place at Citizens Bank Park.

On Friday, teachers and students took the plunge inside the ballpark. On Saturday, athletes, coaches, police officers, volunteers and more braved the cold at the corner of Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue.

The event raised upwards of $400,000 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Watch the video above to see all the action and hear more in Emmett Abdo's words.

To learn more about Special Olympics Pennsylvania, visit their website.

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