Polar Plunge 2015
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Special Olympics Ohio is busily preparing to begin the 2015 Polar Plunge season on January 24, 2015. This popular event, held on Saturdays during January, February, and March at location throughout the state, is among the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Ohio. all money raised by Polar Plunge events benefits more that 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio.
There are nine opportunities acroos Ohio this winter to participate in Special Olympic Ohio's Polar Plunges. the first 2015 Plunge is scheduled for January 24th at Mosquito Lake in Cortland, Ohio. On Saturday, January 31st, Plungers will be "Freezin' for a Reason" at the Thirsty Pony in Sandusky.
Saturday, February 7th is when Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky team up for a Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics athletes of both states. The KY-OH Plunge is held at Joe's Crab Shack in Bellevue, Kentucky. Ohio University will have a Valentine's Day Plunge of February 14th at Lake Snowden and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Powell, has its Plunge February 21st. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plunge, scheduled for February 28th in Geneva-on-the-Lake, will finish out the month.
The 2015 Polar Plunge season concludes in March as Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina hosts its Plunge on Saturday, March 7th. Caesar's Creet, in Waynesville, has a Plunge on March 14th, , while Indian Lake in Lakeview hosts the final Plunge of the season on March 21st.
As part of the Polar Plunge experience, participants obtain monetary pledges and then agree to jump or slowly crawl (whatever the case may be) into the frigid waters of an Ohio lake or waterway of the special Polar Plunge pool, depedning on location, to earn their pledges. Another, less chilly opportunity to raise money in "Too Chicken to Plunge." To participate, one raises a minimum of $30 and is awarded with a "Too Chicken to Plunge" T-shirt - as well the opportunity NOT to Plunge. Or, teams of chickens may be formed in support of favorite Plungers.
A minimum is pledges ($50, $75, or $100 depending on age an location) is required to participate. All Plungers recieve a T-shirt, food, and non-alcoholic beverages at a Post-Plunge party. There are also incentive prizes for those who raise more than the required minimum in pledges. Individuals and groups are welcome to participate; personalized online fundraising pages are available.
Information about and the links to registration sites for all Polar Plunges are available at sooh.org or interested participants can get details by phoning Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050. Also watch for social media posts about the Polar Plunge events. Special Olympics Ohio can be found on Twitter (@SOOhio), Facebook (Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsOhio), and Instagram (SpecialOlympicsOH).
Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and ecperience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their own families, their peers and the community. Currently, special Olympics Ohio serves more than 23,000 athletes throughout the state.