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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Special Olympics Polar Plunge is February 21 – Take the Plunge!
Jan09

Special Olympics Polar Plunge is February 21 – Take the Plunge!

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 jake@ylni.org or 260-402-9633, or visit www.soindiana.org....

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See a Soul Smile with Special Olympics
Mar06

See a Soul Smile with Special Olympics

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”  That’s the oath recited by Special Olympics athletes before every event. It perfectly sums up exactly what the spirit of this organization is about. Not everyone is an amazing athlete. We weren’t all blessed with blazing speed, exceptional hand-eye coordination, or immense strength. But everyone, regardless of age, skillset, size, or mental capacity, can give their best effort and do it with a positive attitude. That’s a choice. And it’s a choice that 99.9% of Special Olympics athletes make every time they step on the court, field, course, or venue. Special Olympics is an opportunity for people of all ages, race, ethnicity, or creed to be active and enjoy time with their peers and friends. That goes for the athletes as well as the volunteers, supporters, coaches, and officials. The Special Olympics mission is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.” Once you’ve seen firsthand the determination and joy of a Special Olympics athlete achieving or simply attempting to achieve their goal you realize that it’s much more than sports. It’s human nature at its best. That’s not hyperbole, just talk to anyone with an open mind who has spent an hour at a Special Olympics activity. The level of respect and acceptance demonstrated is unparalleled, and the positive results are immeasurable and lifelong. Special Olympics Allen County athletes participate in basketball, track & field, bowling, aquatics, golf, and more. The local organization is run entirely by tireless and enthusiastic volunteers and receives support from Special Olympics Indiana. There are many ways to get involved – participate as an athlete, volunteer as a coach, or if you’re not comfortable with providing instruction, they can use help with administrative duties, facilities, and financial support through donations and sponsorship. To find out more or to get involved visit www.specialolympicsallencounty.org and click on the Contact Us tab. If you or someone you know could benefit from socialization and physical activity, track season will be starting soon and they welcome any and all assistance and participation – the only requirements are an open mind, a positive attitude, and a love for...

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