The UT Martin chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon raised more than $600 for this year’s “Polar Plunge”, benefiting the Special Olympics. The event was held March 6 in Union City.
The annual event, hosted by the Area 7 Special Olympics of Tennessee, raised money through online registrations and donations. “Plungers” raised at least $10 each to cover their registration.
COVID-19 has deeply impacted Special Olympics Tennessee athletes by further isolating an already at-risk population, leading to mental health struggles and poor physical well-being.
“I am just in awe by the generosity of the great folks in Upper West Tennessee who support our Special Olympics program,” said organizer Clinton Smith.
Severe winter weather delayed the event by a few weeks, originally scheduled at the end of February. In spite of the challenges, the organization raised more than $22,000.