NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Members of the Titans braved freezing cold water this past Saturday, participating in the 2015 Music City Polar Plunge at LP Field in support of Special Olympics Tennessee.
The annual Polar Plunge fundraiser welcomed 300 registered participants, including Titans representatives and mascot T-Rac, who sported a red Speedo swimsuit for the special occasion!
Titans staff take part in the 'Polar Plunge' and present a $10,000 check to the Special Olympics of Tennessee during the event held at LP Field. (Photos: Brittany Selbert, Special Olympics)
"Polar Plunge has become a signature event for Special Olympics which raises substantial funds for supporting our state basketball event in March and our state summer games in May," said Alan Bolick, president of Special Olympics Tennessee. "The Polar Plunge allows us to host sports trainings and competitions for the over 16,000 athletes participating in Special Olympics within the state."
As the plunging began, the Titans and T-Rac presented Special Olympics Tennessee with a $10,000 check that contributed to the record-breaking $100,000 raised from the event. It was a frigid 40 degrees when the Titans team, along with Special Olympic athletes plunged into the water.
"We're doing this for Special Olympics and it's all about having fun," said Special Olympics athlete Kenny Carpenter. "We couldn't have asked for a better day than this."
The fundraiser is in its 16th year, but this was the first year it was held at LP Field.
"We are excited to bring the event to LP Field and are thankful for the support shown by the city and specifically the Tennessee Titans organization," Bolick said. "We are hopeful that this move will help the Music City Polar Plunge become a must-do Music City downtown winter event."
The event was an experience like no other for the Titans and it was all for a good cause. The Titans will continue to work with Special Olympics in the future and are already looking forward to next year's plunge.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a program through which quality sports training and competition improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities on the playing field and in life. It also strives to empower the people they serve by helping them to realize their full potential and develop skills through year-round sports training and competition.