Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises more than $83,000 for Special Olympics Michigan
About 130 people braved the frigid temperatures of Turk Lake on Saturday afternoon to help raise more than $83,000 for Special Olympics Michigan.
One of those individuals, Sean Wheeler of team “Yellow Snow,” was all smiles after being the first to take the plunge just outside of Turk Lake Restaurant & Bar.
Say the words “Special Olympics” and many people think only of the Summer Games. But according to Richard Nostrant, Special Olympics is much more than that — for both the athletes and the volunteers who support them.
Nostrant is director for Area 6 of Special Olympics, which encompasses Ionia and Montcalm counties. Special Olympics offers individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 7 to 99, opportunities for developing new skills and abilities, and finding joy and confidence that they can bring to other areas of their lives, through sports.