Here’s how WSLS 10 will take part in this year’s Polar Plunge

Not being able to use Bissett Park in Radford, we had to call an audible

Look below and you can see what last year’s Polar Plunge, held at Bissett Park in Radford, looked like.

Polar Plunge 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, many things have had to change, so this year, we cannot plunge at Bissett Park.

“So when you guys called me you had asked if we could use your pool because of COVID restrictions and you couldn’t do the large event at the river,” said Caroline Ratkus, aquatics director at the Botetourt Family YMCA.

Ratkus’s response?

“I loved the idea so I definitely wanted to help out with it. I thought it was awesome you were raising money for Special Olympics,” said Ratkus. “Special Olympics just holds a special place in my heart.”

Not only did she provide a body of water for the 10 News crew to jump into, but she’s also providing more plungers.

“So I’ve talked to a few of my staff members and co-workers about jumping in the water with y’all and I think it would be a great partnership. We are getting ready to start our Adapted Aquatics,” said Ratkus.


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