Mid-South supporters 'chill out' at the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge

Mid-South supporters 'chill out' at the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Hundreds went out to Mud Island for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics Greater Memphis.

Football players, pageant queens and even a trio of mice took a dip in the Mississippi River for the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

"Last year it got really nice, but this is the warmest we've had," said Lisa Taylor, Executive Director of Special Olympics Greater Memphis.

More than 20 plungers dressed up in wacky costumes and took a dip in the river. The group also held their 9th annual chili cook off to spice things up.

Sixty-four cooking teams competed in categories of red chili, salsa and people's choice.

Special Olympics organizers say the unique fundraisers are keeping their athletic programs running free of charge.

"We do year around training with them at no cost to their parents," added Taylor. "We have programs that run weekly so all the funds that we raise here today will go back to support our programs and keep our programs going on year long."