One of the largest fundraisers for Berkshire County Special Olympic athletes is the Polar Plunge and at the end of this month the chilly lake jump returns to the beautiful shores of Onota Lake.

Organized by Investigator John Bassi and other members of the Pittsfield Police Department, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, this year's Polar Plunge will take place on March 30 and 31 and for the third year will be coupled with The Super Plunge, challenging participants to take a freezing dip, once and hour for 24 hours. Yes, 24 times. While registration for the Super Plunge has closed, there is still time for you to sign up for the original plunge happening Sunday the 31st at 11 a.m. which will only cost you one quick dip into the winter waters of Onota.

All the funds raised during the event will go towards Special Olympics Massachusetts, the state’s largest year round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The money raised locally in Berkshire County will stay right here, assisting in transportation, uniforms, equipment and training for local athletes.

To sign up, make a donation or to learn more about the polar plunge click here.