Russell County Special Olympics Coach Stephanie Coffey participated in the annual Lake Cumberland Polar Plunge over the weekend, helping to raise nearly $20,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky.
The water temperature at Lee’s Ford Marina on Saturday was 51 degrees as Coach Coffey joined approximately 40 participants to take the plunge.
Coffey raised more than $1,800 in her efforts with the help of many individuals and businesses in the community.
The money goes to help the 11,000 children and adults in Kentucky with intellectual disabilities, according to event organizers.
Special Olympics helps those with intellectual disabilities build confidence, increase self-esteem, create friendships and develop physical fitness through sports.
Russell County Special Olympics was established in 2012. They currently participate in Track and Field.