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Posted: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012

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Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller

Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at

Cadet Bradley Brewer, a 9th grader at Mooresville High School, splunged over the muddy red banks of Lake Norman, splashed across its chilly gray surface, and hit deeper water with a head first plunge. The water temperature was a frigid 45 degrees, mild for this time of year.

The Race City Civitan Club hosted its 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 4th at the end of Torrence Chapel Rd. in Mooresville. The event is the Civitan’s biggest fundraiser with all proceeds going to support Special Olympics Lake Norman.

Forty-five plungers, many of them Mooresville High School Navy JROTC cadets, gathered together before the event. They wore wetsuits, fatigues, bikinis, even a dress, curlers, and one woolly beard.

Supporters gathered under the porch and found umbrella shelter as light rain began to fall, no deterrent to soon to be wet swimmers.

Janice Lowrance, Civitan Club President, presented the Navy JROTC cadets with a plaque honoring their continued support of the Special Olympics Program.

The plungers took their places. Spectators lined up on the dock to watch them go. It was over in a splash.

Dripping wet, frosty cold, and warmly smiling, the plungers emerged from the lake to be congratulated by all, including coordinator Tom Nixon, fundraiser David Cooper, and Mooresville Police Chief Carl Robbins.

Special Olympics Lake Norman serves nearly 200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Lake Norman area helping them to train and compete year-round in Special Olympics programs.

"As long suspected, Mooresville's Cadets walk on water when it comes to community service." said Chief Steve Tate, “Besides getting wet and cold, the Cadets raised over $1,000!“

For further information -

Tom Nixon
Special Olympics North Carolina - Lake Norman
Local Coordinator

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