It's a bit of freezing cold that warms our hearts.

Every year, tens of thousands swarm the beach of Seaside Heights for the Polar Plunge -- as teams and individuals brave the cold ocean water to support Special Olympics New Jersey's more than 25,000 athletes statewide.

And every year, New Jersey 101.5 and Big Joe Henry are proud to be in the middle of all the action, broadcasting from the best party on the boardwalk, at Spicy's Cantina. When it's time to plunge, a countdown from Big Joe's booming voice sends those wild enough into the freezing cold waves.

We'll be back for this year's Polar Plunge on Feb. 22 -- and we can't wait.

Get Plugged into the Plunge: Download the free New Jersey 101.5 app for a comprehensive guide to the plunge, alerts when it's time to hit the water, Plunge Day traffic and weather updates, Plunge photo galleries and a Plunge Day contest with big prizes (details coming soon!)

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The Polar Plunge is additionally supported by the State Police PBA, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Seaside Heights and Wawa. Big Joe will be talking to key players all morning on New Jersey 101.5. Find coverage all weekend on and the New Jersey 101.5 app.

Last year, more than 7,400 people hit the frigid waters, and raised more than $2.3 million for Special Olympics of New Jersey. Scott Paterson was the single largest individual fundraiser, bringing in a stunning $25.321. The biggest team haul was by the Little Silver Crocs, at $84,410.

Funds raised at the plunge help Special Olympics in its mission to provide year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes for free.

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