Members of the Tulsa Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police plunged into freezing water Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma.
Big Splash hosted the event. Spectators could watch for free, but participants donated to the cause.
Clay Ballenger is the president of the President of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. He says the police officers in Oklahoma have a special relationship with the Special Olympics, so they decided to get involved. "It's really about the athletes. If you ever see them compete, it warms your heart," Ballenger said. "We see them as heroes. This gives us a chance to give back, to get out here, raise money, have a good time and help those athletes go to competition."
The agency also sponsors the torch run later in the year, which also raises money for the Special Olympics.
The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police is the number one sponsor of the torch run in the state of Oklahoma.