Troopers splash for Special Olympics

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/MSP
Maryland State Police troopers braved the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, as they raised money to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.

SANDY POINT — The Maryland State Police were well represented in last week’s Polar Bear Plunge festivities to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Overall, teams of plungers from the state police and the Office of the State Fire Marshal combined raised about $29,000 while participating in the Police Plunge.

This included about $15,000 raised from the MSP 151st Trooper Candidate Class, along with Headquarters Staff’s $4,467, Golden Ring Barrack’s $5,645, Aviation Command’s $2,850 and the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s $1,070.

In all, the three-day event had more than 12,000 plungers dive in to the frigid Chesapeake Bay to raise more than $3.2 million for Special Olympics Maryland. “Thanks to all of those who support this worthy cause,” a statement from the MSP Aviation Command said.

Fundraising efforts support the 8,033 Special Olympics Maryland athletes who train and compete year-round. The MSP’s goal for this year was $3 million, which was exceeded by more than $250,000.

The Special Olympics serves athletes with disabilities, allowing them to experience the joy of training and competition.