Hundreds take the plunge in Rock Island to support Special Olympics

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - More than 200 people were at Jumer's Casino over the weekend to plunge for a good cause.

Sunday afternoon was the annual polar plunge in Rock Island, which helps support Special Olympic athletes.

Participants were challenged to raise at least $100 in donations, in which more than $50,000 was raised this year.

Officials say the water was 41 degrees, but that didn't stop anyone from taking a dip in Wick's Lake.

"Brings everybody together, and it helps these guys go to the summer games," Ed Shamblin, team captain for Illinois State Police District 7, said.

The summer games for the Special Olympics will be held between June 9 and 11 in Illinois.