Photos: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Splish Splash

Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton hosted its first-ever Polar Plunge on Saturday to benefit the Special Olympics. Rather than sprint into an icy ocean, however, participants took a dip in the water park’s Kahuna Bay Wave Pool.

The event was also sponsored by the Riverhead and Southampton Town police benevolent associations.

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Event organizer Jennifer Cantone with the Polar Plunge mascot and Ray LaPorte of the Riverhead Town PBA.
Special Olympics volunteers Lori-Jean Farrell and Jesse Troiano.
Daniel and Edna Fletcher with Lori-Jean Farrell.
The Riverhead Blue Waves team raised nearly $3,000.
The Riverhead Town PBA raised nearly $6,000. From left, Ray LaPorte, Byron Perez, Giuseppe Rosini and Brandon Heller.
Splish Splash lifeguards.
Athlete Matthew Schuster of Special Olympics New York.
Special Olympics athlete T.J. Timmons sings the National Anthem.

Teams waiting at the Kahuna Bay Wave Pool.
A Riverhead Blue Waves teammate puts on his Polar Plunge sweatshirt before diving in.

Special Olympics athletes and event volunteers Matthew Schuster and Steven Lottie.