While many Indianapolis residents spent blistery January 22 indoors, 135 students from Butler University braved the cold and participated in Special Olympics Indiana’s Polar Plunge.

The event, which took place in a temporary pool set up outside the University’s Health and Recreation Complex, was organized by the University’s Spring Sports Spectacular (SSS) Executive Board, which typically hosts two events each year that also raise money for Special Olympics.

“SSS already donates to Special Olympics Washington Township through its fundraising efforts, so raising additional money for the organization through the Polar Plunge seemed like a no-brainer,” said SSS Executive Board Co-Chair Rachel Hiler ’11.

The students raised over $18,000 and set Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge records both for the number of participants and total amount raised.

“With the results we saw from this first plunge, Polar Plunge will be a campus tradition for years to come,” said SSS Executive Board Co-Chair Jessica Schein ’11.

Polar Plunge is the main fundraiser for Special Olympics and Butler’s was one of 11 taking place around the state during January and February.