It was a chilly Sunday morning in March, but that didn’t stop this group from taking a dip in the cold ocean water for a good cause.
The 11th annual Special Olympics Torch Run Plunge took place at noon at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett.
Dozens braved the cold air and icy waters to help raise nearly $175,000 to benefit the organization and the thirty-five hundred people who rely on them.
“To suffer for twenty-four hours isn’t a big deal when you know you’re helping someone else for a lifetime,” said Eric Leclerc.
Proud dad Eric Leclerc jumped into the ocean at Salty Brine State Beach fifty times, twice an hour for twenty-five hours, to mark each of the fifty years the Special Olympics Rhode Island has made a difference in so many lives.
For the past eleven years the event has helped raise crucial funds so athletes like his daughter Sophia can continue doing what they love.
WPRI-12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors of the yearly event.
Eyewitness News Anchor Caroline Goggin jumped in fully on Saturday alongside the ‘super plungers’ who took the plunge once an hour for twenty-four hours.
Sunday, Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, Anchor Mike Montecalvo, and Sports Director Yianni Kourakis accompanied participants by taking the plunge for another year.
“Tony, how cold was it? Well, I say this is penance for the Nor’easter that never came!”
Joking aside, whether they were police officers, state police officers, family members of athletes or other volunteers, they all proved that running into the ocean together as a team didn’t feel as icy knowing the cause was much greater than their temporary discomfort.
“Go Special Olympics Rhode Island!”