Special Olympics Indiana and Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 21 from 10am-2pm. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold Metea Park Lake.
Special Olympics allows for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socializing, exercising, and friendly competition. The impact this organization has on the lives of not only the athletes, but also the parents, coaches, and volunteers is immeasurable.
Talk to anyone who has volunteered with Special Olympics and they’ll likely tell you that the exhilaration on an athlete’s face when they complete a race, score a basket, or catch a fly ball is indescribable, and impossible to erase from their mind. The only way to truly experience the power of Special Olympics is to attend a game or event – the pure-hearted joy and camaraderie you’ll witness is rare and memorable.
The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 21 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages.
This event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition.
Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together a team of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as the Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met, and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. Door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers are also needed.
For more information or to get involved please contact Jake Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-402-9633, or visit www.soindiana.org.