The Polar Plunge is coming to Northeastern State University.

The event, which generates thousands of dollars each year for Special Olympics, will be held on the NSU campus in the fall semester, said Katie Bowin, a senior organism biology major who was recently crowned Miss NSU. The Polar Plunge involves scores of people getting money pledges and diving into a cold body of water. Bowin, who’s competing for the Miss Oklahoma title this year, has chosen Special Olympics as her platform. On Saturday, April 20, she gave students a preview of the event.

“We knew there would be a lot of people around because it was Green and White weekend,” she said. “We had about 40-50 people show up.”

Bowin said a 4-foot-deep swimming pool that was 15- 18 feet in diameter was filled with ice water at the NSU football practice field. About 20 of the spectators chose to take the plunge.

“Everyone was invited,” she said. “It was pretty cold.”

Bowin said Polar Plunge events are typically held in a period from around November to March, the coldest time of the year. Arrowhead Resort annually hosts a Polar Plunge event each February that draws plenty of participants.

“I’ve participated [in the Arrowhead Resort Polar Plunge] for four years,” Bowin said. “It’s always real cold."

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