This February, although winter’s still in full swing, things are sure to get a lot chillier. Every year, Special Olympics programs all over the U.S. shed some layers, and money, for a great cause. The Polar Plunge® is a fundraising event where participants raise $100 to be able to dive down in icy cold water with Special Olympics athletes and others in the local community. The money raised during the events, in conjunction with Law Enforcement Torch Run®, go toward local Special Olympics programs.
As well as raising money for the Special Olympics, raising awareness of its programs is another goal of the Polar Plunge®. The Special Olympics is a global organization that advocates for the acceptance of everyone, regardless of ability or disability. Whether a participant or volunteer, it’s undeniable that the support beams unity and fun. Increasing membership and volunteers would mean for a bigger community and more people that can join the Special Olympics’ programs.
Entering the Polar Plunge®
To enter, all you need to do is raise $100. This can be done through a personal Plunge webpage so that you can ask friends, family and co-workers to help. Of course, if you’d like to fundraise more, that is more than acceptable and encouraged! If you’d like to form a team, you need at least four other members. Each person must also raise $100 to plunge. If you are unable to take the plunge, it’s still possible to be a virtual plunger! You may donate online and attend to spectate with your wheelchair accessible car while still providing support for your community.
Attending the Polar Plunge®
To see the closest Polar Plunge® event or Special Olympics program near you, visit the Special Olympics website. Some of the other Polar Plunge® events across the nation will take place at SeaWorld’s Aquatica in Orlando, Florida, and Seaside Heights in New Jersey. The President’s Plunge in Montana will take place at the impressive Gallatin County Regional Park, or Dinosaur Park. Groups have been known to dress in wacky costumes while jumping in, so don’t be afraid to get in the spirit.
This February, don’t be afraid to volunteer, watch with your wheelchair accessible vehicle or take a chilly dip for Polar Plunge® to support individuals of all abilities.
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