The Lincoln Land Community College-Beardstown Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems class has volunteered to assist with the 2017 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics this Saturday, March 4 at Lake Springfield.
Although the students will not be plunging into the cold water themselves, they will park cars, set up changing areas and hand out towels to participants coming out of the water, along with other assigned duties.
On Feb. 24, special guests to the class were Retired Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Diane Vanderkooy and State Global Messenger Ben Simpson. Ben, who is a Special Olympics athlete, gave a brief presentation on how Special Olympics has made a huge impact on his life, including building his self-confidence and helping him become comfortable with public speaking. He also shared how weightlifting has helped him maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The LLCC students received Special Olympics T-shirts and hats, and will be treated to lunch on the day of the plunge for their help with the event. More information on the 2017 Polar Plunge is available at www.PlungeIllinois.com.