The Special Olympics of Washington on Saturday held one of their coolest fundraising event of the year where hundreds of people jump into the icy waters of Puget Sound.

The 2018 Polar Plunge is expected to raise $500,000, benefiting around 17,500 athletes across the state.

Unlike the regular Olympics, the Special Olympics of Washington works year round with special needs athletes.

The people who planned to be "freezin' for a reason" into the sound at Golden Gardens braced for water temperatures in the upper 40s, which is pretty close to the air temperature outside. It doesn’t matter if you dip your toes or jump in head first - all participants are making a big splash in changing lives.

If you missed the plunge and would still like to help out, there is much more information on the Special Olympics website for year-round participation.