CHICAGO — A Polar Plunge at St. Patrick’s in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood took on a brand new perspective this 12 months within the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We couldn’t do it on the lake this 12 months, like historically, so as a substitute we had everybody who signed up and raised cash come all the way down to the sector so we may host it in some capability,” Jonas Dargis of St. Patrick’s Junior mentioned.
Dargis and Mason Kim are leaders on this group, working to lift cash for Particular Olympics Chicago.
“It’s a extremely great way to assist individuals who don’t have the identical alternatives as us,” Kim mentioned.
For 5 years, members of St. Pat’s have taken half within the annual Polar Plunge at North Avenue Seaside, which has taken on a brand new twist this 12 months.
In lieu of the standard large one-day occasion, all of the taking part groups throughout the realm are doing their very own challenges all through the previous week.
On the South Facet, Staff Fahey had their very own tackle this custom within the car parking zone of St. Barnabas Faculty.
Again at St. Pat’s, their impediment course with a ball toss and push-ups ends with an icy splash.
“That is the very best assortment within the 5 years we’ve been doing this,” St. Pat’s Assistant Principal Christopher Perez mentioned.
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