If you thought you were cold on Saturday morning, chances are you’ve got nothing on Alex Singleton.
The Stamps’ standout middle linebacker made an appearance at Arbour Lake to participate in the Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Alberta.
And although he was in and out in only a matter of seconds, that’s all it took for Singleton to feel the full effects of the inevitable icy water.
“There is no word (to describe it),” said No. 49 after warming up in a hot tub as well as an indoor space stocked with towels and warm clothes. “Your body like stops and then you’re fighting to the ladder. Thank God I only jumped with three people or else the others would have been stuck in the water.”
Alex Singleton and his sister, Ashley, speak with event MC Pat Steinberg
Beginning in Singleton’s rookie season this past year, the now 23-year-old is a passionate advocate for Special Olympics in the Calgary area. His support for the organization stems from his older sister Ashley who has participated in several sports – predominately swimming – for the past 22 years.
And what made Saturday even more special for the Montana State alumnus was the fact that Ashley, along with their mom Kim, was there cheering him on after they made the trip from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
“It’s awesome,” stated Singleton while standing beside his sister sporting her personalized Special Olympics jacket from the Ventura County region. “She’s why I was Freezin’ for a Reason. It was cool that she was here to be supporting Special Olympics Alberta as well.”
Amid all 170 participants and additional spectators at the fifth annual Polar Plunge, Singleton did not waver when asked about his intended level of local involvement with Special Olympics moving forward.
“Any time I can get involved with my busy schedule,” the first-round draft pick explained. “I know there’s a Bowl-A-Rama event coming up that I’ll be involved in during the middle of March. I’m always excited to be out in the community and be involved with athletes that deserve all the support in the world.”