San Antonio residents take Christmas plunge

December 21, 2013 by  

When it comes to Christmas celebrations, there are a number of options including traditional tree-lighting ceremonies, pageants, singing carols, and, for some San Antonio residents, jumping into icy water.

Saturday, December 7, was the date of the Polar Plunge, held at SeaWorld San Antonio for the second year in a row. The event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, and participants had to raise at least $100 to win the dubious honor of dunking themselves into frigid 45°F water. Successful fundraisers came dressed as pirates, characters from TV shows, superheroes, and even a chicken, all waiting for a chance to test themselves on a day when the air temperature was just above freezing, making the name ‘Polar Plunge’ particularly apt.

One group came as characters from Dr. Who, the long-running BBC science fiction classic. Tamara Holcomb, who is president of the Dr. Who Fans Unite club, led a six-member team, each dressed as their favorite character from the show. Holcomb said the idea of jumping into the water did not sound as attractive as it had in June, but there was no going back, since the more temperatures fell, the more people donated.

The Sundance Ranchers, led by Tim Morrow, was the most successful group, raising a total of $6,775. Morrow, who is president of SeaWorld’s water park Aquatica, was also the most successful individual, raising $2,680. Monies raised go to help 6,879 San Antonio athletes train and compete year-round.

Special Olympics officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer, describing this year’s event, the purpose behind it, and reminding people to watch out for next year’s festivities.