Jump Right In- To A Good Cause

Kean Police Officers Experience at the Polar Plunge and their Thoughts on the Amazing cause it Supports

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Pictures of Kean Police before, during, and after the Polar Plunge on February 26th at Seaside Heights, NJ. 

Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer

The annual Polar Plunge at Seaside Heights is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to help in supporting Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. Those who choose to participate will jump into the frigid Atlantic Ocean, one weekend during the month of February. Our very own Kean Police department were also amongst those participants! 

Thousands of brave jumpers are challenged every year from around the state. It’s an amazing opportunity for individuals, teams, businesses and organizations to get involved supporting the Special Olympics. All the funds raised go towards programming and events for thousands of athletes statewide. All of these programs and services are completely FREE of charge, thanks to fundraising events such as the Polar Plunge at Seaside. 

According to the Polar Plunge page, “For over 50 years, Special Olympics New Jersey has provided year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to thousands of athletes.” 

The event took place on February 26 at 1 p.m. and the following Kean Police Officers participated: 

  • Lt. Mark Anacker

  • Sgt. Lewis King 

  • Ptlm. Brent Shiner 

  • Ptlm. Natasha Boone 

  • Security Officer: Samantha Cosgrove 

Lt. Mark Anacker explained, “I wanted to experience the feeling of jumping in the water with fellow officers and people who participated in the event, for a good cause.” 

These officers participated in the Polar Plunge, not only to help raise money for New Jersey Special Olympics but to help build camaraderie and morale amongst the department. Each officer who participated in this event is very eager to attend again next year, no matter how freezing the water may be!

“I hope to have a great team bonding experience with members of the KUPD family, and with other participants in this event. We are all taking part in this event with the same end goal of raising as much money as possible to be donated to the Special Olympics.” 

Don’t be afraid to take that plunge Cougars! 

about the author

Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer


Jaclyn Lukas is an English major with a concentration in writing. She joined The Cougar’s Byte staff in Spring 2021. After her time at Kean, Jaclyn hopes to start her professional career in publishing for books or newspapers/magazines.