Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics of TN - Erika Kurre
Updated: Saturday, February 15 2014, 10:30 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, TN - Hundreds hit the water at Percy Priest Lake Saturday.
They're braving the cold, taking a dip for those with intellectual disabilities.
It was a mid-day wake-up in temperatures hovering around freezing.
Vancine Porter is among about 400 people called "plungers" in this event benefitting the special olympics.
They're running through ice on the rocky banks of at Nashville Shores.
This Polar Plunge is said to take your breath away once your feet hit the water.
But it is all fun and games keeping warm-- from dance music to a costume contest and celebration afterward.
Team Fox 17-- represented by Erin Como, Jennifer Waddell and Eric Alvarez-- were among the waves of brave plungers, helping make possible the sporting events and activities for special olympics teams across the state of Tennessee.
This is one of eight other plunges across the state started by the metro police department 15 years ago.
Attendance has nearly doubled in size in the past 2 years.
The special olympics of Tennessee hosts 17 sports during the year With more than 250-events across the state.
This fundraiser alone was expected to bring in around 80-thousand dollars.