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Pittsburghers raise money for Special Olympics with 2016 Polar Plunge

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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburghers braved the cold water of the Ohio River Saturday morning for the 2016 Polar Plunge, proceeds from which benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Asked to pledge a minimum of $50, participants in this year’s plunge also had the option of taking a dip in a pool outside Stage AE on the North Shore. People could also support the Special Olympics by registering under “Too Chicken to Plunge!”

Polar plunges have raised millions of dollars across the country for Special Olympics chapters.

"Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round training and competition in 21 Olympic-type sports to nearly 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities," a news release said.

RAW: 2016 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics