SCOTLAND, Md. — This past Saturday, several local Special Olympics athletes joined with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and other community members to raise money for a chance to compete at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

The athletes who took the plunge at Point Lookout State Park have already won at the appropriate levels are set to take their game to the next level. They are hoping to raise funds to represent Maryland in a national competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida next summer.

And this event got them off to a great start on the fundraising trail.

Totals from the event show that 97 participants braved the cold waters, helping raise approximately $36,600 to support the Special Olympics team from St. Mary’s.

Of the money raised, the participants raised nearly $10,000 on their own. One team called “Chilly Nipples” raised roughly $8,500 for the splash. One of the top individual fundraisers was Jaymi Sterling, raising over $6,700 for Special Olympics.

The total amount the organization was hoping to raise is approximately $50,000. To donate to the team, click here.

PHOTO: One of the athletes and the event DJ, Keegan Zimmerman (AKA DJ Keegs)

Their next major fundraiser will be the Polar Plunge event, which is expected to take place sometime early next year.

PHOTO: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains: Larry Crabtree, Steve Kooy, Charlie Walton, and Richard Young.

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