Local team heading to Special Olympics Polar Plunge–in red flannel

For ten years now, some Cook County folks have taken part in the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, led by Bryann Bockovich of Grand Marais. This year, Bryann’s team, “Holli’s Hope” has the most participants it has ever had, with 15 people taking the plunge in the Duluth harbor on Saturday, February 19.

Many of the brave folks taking the plunge are from Cook County, but they have recruited beyond the local area. But all are gathering to support Special Olympics. They are team leader Bryann Bockovich, Greg Gresczyk, Rosabella Arrellin, Kayla Bronikowski, Serena Nelson, Rachel Hovde, Kyli Bonin, Bethann Corwin, Tiffany Corwin, Penny Miller, Cheri Duvall, Saya McNearney, Sheila Steen, and Cristina Coppala.

As always, there will be a team theme. Bryann told WTIP that this year the team is donning red flannel onesies and mad bomber caps. Check out the photo slideshow to see the warm–but soon to be wet–attire.

The team has a lot of fun, but there is a very special reason for their jump. Bryann said they jump to celebrate a dear young friend, Holli, who is a Special Olympics athlete. Holli has participated in swimming events and she continues to compete in bowling.

The event is open to the public this year, so anyone wanting to watch the frigid fun may head to Park Point, 5000 Minnesota Avenue, in Duluth to watch on Saturday, February 19. The plunge begins at 2 p.m.

For those who prefer to observe from someplace warm, the Duluth Polar Plunge will also be live-streamed.

For more information on the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics or specifically about the Holli’s Hope team, visit the website here.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence talks to Bryann Bockovich about the Polar Plunge coming up on Saturday, February 19 in this interview.