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January 24, 2013

Locals take a freezing plunge for a good cause

Brave souls hit the beach for Special Olympics

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Other Londonderry Special Forces team members taking the plunge Feb. 3 are Julie Maloney, Laura Dunn, Melissa Cote and Kaffa Cote.

Derry Recreation’s Timberwolves Special Olympics team will have support from Nicole Ferrante on Penguin Plunge day.

Ferrante will be making her fourth frolic into the Atlantic to support the local team.

“I have seen firsthand where the donations go,” she said.

Ferrante has helped coach the Derry team for about seven years. She said she will do anything to raise money and help support her local athletes.

The Timberwolves number anywhere from 30 to 40 adult athletes. They are now training for the upcoming regional Winter Games set for the weekend of Jan. 26.

Ferrante said she will head into the ocean and will stick with this year’s “Chapel” theme.

“I always go in with a costume,” she said. “It’s always really cold, too, especially when the shore is icy. I always wear shoes.”

Ferrante said the Special Olympics is an organization where so much good is done to bring joy and friendship to the athletes involved.

“It’s such a positive experience,” she said. “Their success is measured by how much fun they are having.”

Londonderry police Lt. Tim Jones is taking his fourth plunge as part of Team-U.

High school students will have their own chance to plunge on Feb. 2 at noon at Hampton Beach with the theme “Greek Olympics.”

To learn more about the Penguin Plunge or to support a local team, visit sonh.org.

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