Swimmers, starting off their weekend with a splash, braved cold winter waters Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for the city’s aquatic program.
“It’s not even freezing but, trust me, when you jump in over your head, it will take your breath away,” said Terri Webster Schrandt, the City of Sacramento’s recreation supervisor.
It was Sacramento’s third-annual “Polar Bear Plunge.”
“It’s important that we raise money because, if there were no pools open, what would kids do over summer?” said Brooke, one of the swimmers who took the plunge.
Participants paid $5 to dip dunk in the cold water – but they all say it’s worth it.
“Any funds that we can help raise to keep our pools open in the city of Sacramento, or go towards any events for youth, are very important to participate in and support,” said Shawn Duncan, another swimmer.
Other than events like this, the aquatic program is partially funded by tax dollars.