Freezin’ for a Reason: Spotlight on SONJ Polar Bear Plunge

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Mike Laverty saw his son Tim walk for the first time at an event hosted by Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ), an organization that provides sports training and competition to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Tim, who uses a walker and wears leg orthotics, participated in the 50-yard dash. 

On the day of the competition, Tim, then 10, stood on the track without his walker. His teacher walked backwards in front of him with her hands outstretched. When he finished, Tim was in tears. Laverty was, too. “He walked that whole 50 yards, and I had never seen him walk across