Polar Plunge events across state to benefit Special Olympics Ohio

Special Olympics Ohio is announcing the lineup and site list for its 2013 Polar Plunge season. This popular event, held on Saturdays during January, February and March at locations throughout the state, is among the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Ohio. All money raised from the Polar Plunge benefits more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio.

There are nine opportunities across Ohio this winter to participate in Special Olympic Ohio’s “Freezin’ For A Reason” Polar Plunges. The first two Plunges are scheduled for Jan. 26. Plunge locations this day are Thirsty Pony, in Sandusky, and Caesar’s Creek, Waynesville. The following Saturday, Feb. 2, is when Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky come together for a Plunge to benefits the Special Olympics athletes of both states. This Plunge is held at Joe’s Crab Shack, in Bellevue, Ky.

The Geneva and Geneva-on-the-Lake Super Plunge is scheduled in Geneva, Feb. 9. Also that day, Ohio University, in Athens, hosts its Plunge. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Powell, has its Plunge Feb. 16.

The 2013 Polar Plunge season concludes in March. Grand Lake St. Marys, in Celina, hosts its Plunge, Saturday, March 2. Mosquito Lake, in Cortland, has its Plunge March 9, while Indian Lake, Lakeview, hosts the final Plunge of the season March 16.

As part of the Polar Plunge experience, participants obtain monetary pledges and then agree to jump or slowly crawl (however the case may be) into the frigid waters of an Ohio lake or waterway, or the special Polar Plunge pool, depending on location, to earn their pledges. Another opportunity to participate is “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 in pledges (either $50 or $75, depending on age and location) is necessary to participate. All plungers receive a T-shirt and food and non-alcoholic beverages at a Post-Plunge party. There are also incentive prizes for those who collect more than the minimum pledge. Individuals and groups are welcome to participate; personalized on-line fund-raising pages are available.

The Super Plunge in Geneva-on-the-Lake involves raising a minimum $888 in pledges and Super Plungers commit to jumping in once an hour for eight hours. Also, in conjunction with the Geneva-on-the-Lake Super Plunge, a raffle is held for the chance to win a 2013 (FLS Softail Slim Ember Red Sunglow with enclosed trailer) Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Information for all Plunges is available at sooh.org or by phoning Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050.

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 experience 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.

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