Special Olympics’ 2015 Ohio Polar Plunge kicks off on Jan. 24 at Mosquito Lake

Special Olympics Ohio will kick off the 2015 Polar Plunge season on Jan. 24 at Mosquito Lake in Cortland.

The Polar Plunge events, held on Saturdays from January through March at locations throughout the state, are among the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Ohio. All money raised by Polar Plunge events benefits more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio.

There are nine Polar Plunges across Ohio this winter.

The first 2015 Plunge is scheduled at Mosquito Lake in Cortland. On Saturday, Jan. 31, Polar Plungers will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” at the Thirsty Pony in Sandusky. 

On Saturday, Feb. 7, Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky team up for a Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics athletes of both states. The Kentucky-Ohio Plunge will be held at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky.

On Feb. 14, Ohio University will have a Valentine’s Day Plunge at Lake Snowden and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Powell, has its Plunge set for Feb. 21.

The month of February will conclude with The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plunge on Feb. 28 in Geneva-on-the-Lake. 

Polar Plunge events in March include the Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina Plunge on Saturday, March 7; Caesar’s Creek, in Waynesville, on March 14; and Indian Lake in Lakeview on March 21.

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 the designated Ohio lake or waterway (during the time and day of the special event) or the special Polar Plunge pool, depending on location, to earn their pledges.

Another less chilly opportunity to raise money is “Too Chicken to Plunge.” With this option, participants raise a minimum of $30 and are awarded a “Too Chicken to Plunge” T-shirt – as well the opportunity not to Plunge. In addition, teams of chickens can be formed in support of favorite Plungers.

A minimum in pledges ($50, $75, or $100 depending on age and location) is required to participate. All Plungers receive 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 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.

Social media posts also will announce 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 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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