Catholic University head football coach Mike Gutelius issued a challenge to his team: If they raised at least $3,000 to support Special Olympics DC, he would participate in the Polar Plunge.
"Next year, I'll have to make it $5,000," he joked prior to jumping into a portable pool of water at Cardinal Stadium on Friday night.
Gutelius was among 120 people, mostly Catholic student-athletes, who took the plunge. Many wore their team jerseys or pajamas.
Catholic University is in its 18th year supporting Special Olympics and sixth hosting the Polar Plunge. Nicole Preston, Special Olympics DC president and CEO, said this year's plunge drew 280 pledges and raised $33,464.