first_imgSome participants actually jumped in before the official plunge, when the wave machine came on and animated the cool blue pool. A few minutes later, they went in again for a swim they paid at least $50 each to participate in. “We told them that they would have to donate twice for jumping in twice,” Clark joked. Hurricane Harbor opened for the season Saturday, after the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley was done with its event. Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley serves 530 developmentally disabled athletes. Competing year-round as the Sharks, they play sports that include hockey, basketball and softball. Pat Coskran, 57, is a teacher whose son, Sean, 21, has played in the Special Olympics for more than seven years. SANTA CLARITA – The sun’s bright rays heralded the coming of summer, but a brisk wind blew at Hurricane Harbor on Saturday as swimmers plunged into frigid waters for a cause. Six Flags California’s Hurricane Harbor hosted the second installment of “Freezin’ for a Reason!” – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley. The group organized the first polar plunge in March at Castaic Lake. Saturday’s event raised more than $15,000 and together, the two events raised $60,000, said Chris Clark, director of the organization. On Saturday, about 40 developmentally disabled athletes and their supporters braved 62-degree water at Hurricane Harbor. Looking at his son sitting on a deck chair, smiling broadly and chatting with friends, Coskran credited the program for giving Sean more confidence and social skills. “Five or six years ago, that wouldn’t have been Sean,” Coskran said. “Sean would have been alone, sitting at a table.” Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley will hold a competition May 19 at Newhall Park. Volunteers are needed to help run the games, Clark said. For more information, call (661) 253-2121. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more