Special Olympics' 'Polar Plunge' lifts spirits in Muskego

CREATED Feb. 11, 2013

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Click here for more information on the upcoming Polar Plunge at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee.

MUSKEGO - Hundreds of people were "freezin' for a reason" this weekend on Muskego Lake.

They jumped into a near-frozen lake for a good cause: Special Olympics.

"We're ready!  Oh yeah!  Let's do this!" people yelled as they prepared to jump in water with temperatures near the freezing mark.

"It was a great time last time, so we're ready to do it again," explained one person.

The cause is what brought MSOE fraternity brothers back to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Muskego.

Supporters brought the flair and the splash, then celebrated a successful plunge.

Their reward: a hot tub, and knowing you braved the elements.

"It was cold, but it was worth it," one plunger told us.

They did it to help athletes with special needs in Wisconsin, something Kim Foss' son Jackson has done four years in a row.

"He actually did a cannonball this year," said Kim.

For those not brave enough to plunge, like our own Vince Vitrano, there's the "Too Chicken To Plunge" category.

People still raised money, but stayed dry.

For the brave souls, one of whom who told us "I can't breathe.  It was great, though, good for the cause," it was a fun way to make a difference.