2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open
Dec11

2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open

News release from polarplungeIN.org Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open Organization’s largest fundraiser is February 10 at Metea County Park Special Olympics Indiana and Special Olympics Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 10 from 10am-2pm at Metea County Park near Leo-Cedarville and registration is now open at polarplungeIN.org. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies from all over Northeast Indiana, including Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, LaGrange, Whitley, Wells, and Adams Counties, raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold water and prove they are Freezin’ for a Reason. The 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. Currently there are over 13,000 athletes that participate in at least one sport through Special Olympics in the state. Past Fort Wayne Plunges have had more than 100 Plungers and have raised more than $10,000. This year those numbers are both expected to increase as awareness of the event grows in local schools and businesses. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online at polarplungeIN.org, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 10 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 free After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together teams of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as their 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. For more information, please contact Julie Burkholder at jburkholder@soindiana.org or 260-466-1528 or online by visiting polarplungeIN.org. Special Olympics is also seeking door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers. Join us as we are Freezin’ for a Reason!   Photos are courtesy of Natalie...

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge Returns February 20!
Jan20

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. 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...

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