MNPD Copsicles raising money for Music City Polar Plunge

Posted at 10:01 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 12:20:24-05

Jumping into 40° water in the middle of February sounds a little crazy.

"For the record, I'm not scared," said Metro Nashville Police Lt. Pete Dusche.

Hundreds of daring plungers plan on freezin' for a reason Saturday by supporting more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes at the Music City Polar Plunge 2019. Teams are on the last stretch of fundraising for athletes like Kenny Carpenter.

"It helps all us athletes to raise money and stuff to go to Winter Games," said Special Olympics athlete Kenny Carpenter. "Do basketball, volleyball, soccer, like football, all of them, bowling."

The MNPD Copsicles team plans to plunge. They're still working to hit their $10,000 goal.

"This is about exclusiveness and showing that, you know, Special Olympics, they are a great part of our community," said Midtown Hills Precinct community affairs coordinator Michelle Coker. "They are a great part of our nation and they deserve to be recognized for the efforts that they put in for what they're doing."

It's Coker and Lt. Dusche's first time, but Carpenter, a seven-time jumper, says they have nothing to worry about.

"I tell everybody it's not cold, it's excellent out there to come out and join and have fun," Carpenter said. "It makes you laugh and laugh."

The event kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and plunging starts at 11:30 a.m at Nissan Stadium.

"Come support the team. Come support Special Olympics. Come support Kenny," said Lt. Dusche.

You can support the MNPD Copsicles by donating to their fundraiser or even joining their Polar Plunge team. You can find more information and a full line-up of the day's events here.