Calley, others take plunge for Special Olympics

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) during the Michigan Capitol Polar Plunge. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Jonathan Oosting - Feb 27, 2014)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. has led state officials in taking a cold plunge for the sake of Special Olympics.

Calley was the first to jump into a pool of water outside the Michigan Capitol on Thursday on a day of single-digit temperatures. Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) also participated. reports that organizers say participants raised at least $30,000 for Special Olympics Michigan, which hosts year-round sporting events for athletes with disabilities.

Calley calls the Special Olympics “a critical part of the landscape of inclusion in our state.”

The temperature read 6 degrees at the time of the event Thursday afternoon.

Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sits on the Special Olympics Michigan board and hit the pool wearing a dress suit.

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