By Commander CHRONOS, Contributing Writer
On January 25, 2014, a group of skaters, officials and friends from the Kansas City roller derby scene joined many other teams and cold weather enthusiasts to brave the freezing water temperatures of the lake at Shawnee Mission Park. They didn’t just do the Polar Bear Plunge for kicks and giggles, although who would put it past them, but they also raised donations for Special Olympics of Kansas.
The KC Roller Derby team was represented by folks from the Kansas City Roller Warriors, Dead Girl Derby, and the Cowtown Butchers. Participants that have plunged in years past, even the year that a hole had to be cut in the ice just to get into the lake, all said that this year’s water was the coldest ever. That still didn’t deter anyone from rushing out to deeper depths to high-five the water rescue team that stood waiting for them in waterproof protective gear.
This year's efforts has raised $2,097.22 and new awareness to the Special Olympics Kansas Chapter. There is still time to donate to the cause if you are interested.
Click here to go to KC Roller Derby page to donate.
Thanks to everyone that participated in this year’s plunge as well as all the family and friends that cheered them on from the shore! We hope to see you all again next year!
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