Dozens of community members wearing different uniforms, from football players to police officers, caused a stir on Saturday.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia attended the event.
“I feel euphoric right now,” Garcia said. “The water was cold but it was for a good cause, it’s great to be here for these incredible athletes.”
North Texas athletes compete in local games and the Special Olympics USA Games.
The CEO and President of Special Olympics Texas said law enforcement is his greatest support.
“I’ve done the polar dive once in my life and I have no intention of doing it again,” said Tim Martin, CEO and President of Special Olympics Texas. “But it’s absolutely fabulous. They are our heroes and they make sure our athletes are celebrated. Jumping into cold water is the least they do for us.”
The sun was out but the water was still cold at the City Lake Aquatic Center.
“It’s one of those events where you hope for the worst possible weather, but I think most of us like it better when it’s like that,” Martin said.
The cold water was a small sacrifice for a great cause.
“It’s all about the athletes, to make their lives better, to make it more inclusive,” said Leah Gambrel, director of development for Special Olympics, North Texas Region.
There are other events like this happening across Texas.
The annual polar dive event in Mesquite has raised over $18,000 for Special Olympics Texas.