Members of the Niagara Wheatfield Falcons Unified basketball team participated in the Buffalo Polar Plunge fundraiser on Sunday at Woodlawn Beach State Park. The team raised $2,450 in just two weeks.
Pictured, from left: Coach Nicholas Azzarella, (behind) Adam Ortiz, Michael Untulis and Ian Strope.
This year marks the 15th annual Buffalo Polar Plunge. The event is one of the most popular and exciting fundraisers hosted by Special Olympics New York in the Western New York region. Participants raise money by asking friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances for donations.
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 51,000 registered athletes and Unified partners across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. For more information, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.