Bonding Through the Polar Plunge
Hundreds of people use the Polar Plunge as a way to show their support of Special Olympics.
One pair uses it to show their support of one another.
Nikki Delsandro and Mikey Schultz met 20 years ago when she began working for Special Olympics.
"We do sports together, we hang out together, we plunge together," Delsandro said.
They quickly became friends, and for the last five years, they've braved the Polar Plunge.
"Today we made it out to the nearest scuba diver on the right, and I looked at Mikey and said let's go get the next scuba diver,he goes 'No, I'm good, thanks,' and in we came," Delsandro said.
Delsando says the water's frigid, but Mikey helps her barely notice.
"I choose to hang out with Mikey during the plunge because it takes the cold out of the water and puts the warmth in our hearts," she said.
And the two do more than just the plunge -- all thanks to Special Olympics.
"It's not just about the sports anymore. It's about building relationships and having friends and meeting new people and becoming a part of our family."
But Delsandro says it's not just the athletes who benefit from Special Olympics. She and her family reap the rewards as well.
"it's been very beneficial for my children to see everybody lives in our community," said Delsandro. "It doesn't matter your ability or disability. we're one big community."
Saturday, that community was crystal clear.
And freezing cold.