Cherokee Nation Marshals Took Polar Plunge Saturday

Cherokee Nation marshals raised money for Special Olympics

Cherokee Nation marshals raised money for Special Olympics

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA —About two dozen Cherokee Nation marshals plunged into the frigid Illinois River on Saturday to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes.

Cherokee Nation marshals have already raised nearly $3,000 for the program. The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to encourage fitness and opportunity and demonstrate courage.

Sequoyah High School’s Honoring Our People’s Existence Club, which also participates in the Polar Plunge, has also raised more than $1,000. The donations will help with the cost of room and board and equipment for local athletes at the summer games in Stillwater in May.

In 2014, the tribe’s marshals and students donated nearly $4,000.

For more information on the Tahlequah Polar Plunge and Special Olympics Oklahoma, visit

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