Taking the Plunge by Lauren Compton

I am not a fan of the cold. I would much rather be basking in the summer sun or enjoying a nice spring day on my balcony. I do not like winter, snow or ice, but somehow I am going to jump into an icy cold lake this month for the Special Olympics.

Each year, Special Olympics groups across the state participate in the Polar Plunge event. Participants get people to sponsor their plunge, and all the money goes to area Special Olympic athletes.

I love Special Olympics and their mission. The organization allows people with special needs participate in sports. They celebrate the notion that{}people with different abilities still deserve a chance to compete and grow. As the big sister of a Down syndrome child, I love this mission. The world views my sister as different, disabled and handicapped, but organizations like Special Olympics see her true abilities and strengths.

{}I will not lie: thinking about jumping into an icy cold lake doesn't seem like the best thing to do on a winter day. But I will remember all of the athletes who will benefit from my few minutes of discomfort.

If you would like to help, or just watch me scream as I jump into the lake, the plunge is February 25 at Liberty University.

Get more information about the Polar Plunge.{}