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Polar Plungers are 'all in' for a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Feb 02, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - They're psyched, they're pumped, they're... cold!

This local Enterprise Rent-A-Car team is getting ready to jump into the Chesapeake Bay in the middle of winter to raise money for Special Olympians as part of the annual Polar Plunge.

They just so happened to pick the first day Hampton Roads has seen snow in more than 1,000 days!

I asked team leader Marshall Hudson about the day's conditions.

"It's very appropriate that you guys picked a day where we had a significant amount of snowfall. Did you plan this?" he joked. " I’d like to say I looked at the Farmers' Almanac, but no - and I couldn’t be happier to do it on a more perfect day.”

Even though the temperatures are oh-so-low on this day, spirits are high.

"It's been something that’s near and dear to me. When I was in college, I got to train some of the athletes. We did some really cool stuff, so it's near and dear to my heart," Marshall explained.

It's windy, and it's cold. Did it deter him?

"Absolutely not - it's just more excitement for the day. We would love to do nothing more for the Special Olympics team," he said.

In the 15 years they've taken part in the icy endeavor, the Enterprise team has raised more than $200,000 for the charity.

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We asked them about their strategy for surviving this thing.

"Get in and get out as quick as possible!" he laughed.

And this year's "Plunge Your Way" event has this team taking the chilly dip, socially-distanced at the foot of the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach - a different style of event than those of previous years where everyone plunges together at the Oceanfront.

While their bodies were cold, their hearts were warm. And that's why these Enterprising philanthropists have earned a News 3 People Taking Action Award and a $300 gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.

Congrats to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Polar Plungers!

To nominate someone for a People Taking Action Award, click here.