LANSING—State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, vaults into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the Legislative Polar Vortex Plunge in order to raise money for the Special Olympics. Jones is a board member of the Special Olympics Michigan Committee and has been a volunteer at the summer games for many years. In total $30,000 was raised for Special Olympics athletes. Jones was the only senator to take the plunge, while others contributed to the fund. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and members of the Michigan House also participated in the event. This was the fourth year in a row, Jones participated in the event.
“This was by far the coldest year, polar vortex has a whole new definition for me as of today” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “The work I do with the Special Olympics is some of the most rewarding work I do all year, and if jumping in a pool in subzero temperatures helps the cause I am more than happy to do it.”