Some talk the talk
Some walk the walk
Sunday some took the plunge.
I would do many things to promote literacy and to support the Chicago Special Olympics (my son was a coach when he was in Chicago), but taking the Polar Plunge definitely does NOT fall in that category. Fortunately, there are others, apparently thousands of others (including some who are well-known), who are
foolish willing to brave the icy waters of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s frigid temperatures in their efforts to advance those causes.
Let’s backtrack a little. Last July, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a challenge to the city’s children to read at least 2 million books over the summer by participating in the Rahm’s Readers program. If they read that much, Mayor Emanuel and former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije would take the Chicago Polar Plunge, established as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Well, the kids of Chicago got reading and succeeded in reading even more than 2 million books.
The excitement factor was raised when Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon offered to join the Mayor in taking the plunge, if the Mayor would agree to appear on his show. A deal was struck, and Jimmy Fallon promised to show up dressed in a suit. Yesterday was the day to pay up and in fact, the Mayor was the first to jump into Lake Michigan. The water temperature was 32 degrees and the air temperature in single digits.
Special Olympics Chicago raised a record 1 million dollars from this year’s plunge, which will support programs for their 5,500 athletes citywide. Kudos to all involved!