Special Olympics Polar Plunge Returns February 20!

Special Olympics Indiana will host their annual Fort Wayne Polar Plunge on February 20 from 10am-1pm at Metea County Park. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into Metea County Park Lake.

Special Olympics empowers 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 joy 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 enthusiasm and camaraderie you’ll witness is exceptional and memorable.

The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all you have to do is register online, raise a minimum of $75, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast of Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 20 between 10-11am. Upon arrival you’ll sign in and prepare to take a quick dip in the shallow lake. 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.

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette  Brave teams and individuals plunge into the icy waters during the 2015 Polar Plunge at Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday. The Polar Plunge is the Special Olympics Indiana's signature fundraising event and helps raise funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.  VIDEO/GALLERY

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
Brave teams and individuals plunge into the icy waters during the 2015 Polar Plunge at Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday. The Polar Plunge is the Special Olympics Indiana’s signature fundraising event and helps raise funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. VIDEO/GALLERY

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette  Brave teams and individuals plunge into the icy waters during the 2015 Polar Plunge at Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday. The Polar Plunge is the Special Olympics Indiana's signature fundraising event and helps raise funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.  VIDEO/GALLERY

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
Brave teams and individuals plunge into the icy waters during the 2015 Polar Plunge at Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday. The Polar Plunge is the Special Olympics Indiana’s signature fundraising event and helps raise funds and awareness for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. VIDEO/GALLERY

This event helps raise funds for Special Olympics Indiana programs and generates awareness of the positive impact of Special Olympics. Athletes from all over Allen and almost every other Indiana county participate in Special Olympics Indiana hosted and sanctioned events and these funds go towards keeping cost of participation down, awards, administrative costs, and more.

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 jake@ylni.org or 260-402-9633, or visit soindiana.org/event/fort-wayne-metea-park-polar-plunge.

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Jake Pickett

Author: Jake Pickett

Jake plays a marketing professional by day at Sweetwater, and lives the family life by night. Between sleeps he tries to avoid injury while playing sports, eats more sweets and less veggies than he should, is all-in on the craft beer bandwagon, enjoys live music but doesn't play anything, and loves his family zealously.

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