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Special Olympics NY Seeks Polar Plungers to Take a Dip, Raise Funds on February 23

  |   February 10, 2013  |  Comment


“Freezin’ For a Reason”

Special Olympics New York is recruiting hardy souls to participate in its 15TH Annual Fishkill Polar Plunge (Freezin’ For A Reason) on Saturday, February 23rd at The Fresh Air Fund, Sharpe Reservation, Camp Mariah, Fishkill, NY. The plunge, which begins at 9:00a.m.for registration and the plunge occurring at 12p.m., is being held to raise money for the Athletes of Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley Region.

Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 to take the plunge. They will receive an official polar plunge sweatshirt for their efforts. There are also many other great incentives the more money they raise.

“The event not only raises money to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York but awareness of the organization and the wonderful athletes competing under our banner,” said Chris Hamel, Committee Chairman. “We hope that we’ll have more than 1,000 Polar Plungers participate this year.”

The Polar Plunge helps raise funds to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults living with intellectual disabilities. Athletes and their caregivers are NEVER charged for participating. Currently, New York State has the largest Special Olympics program in the country, serving more than 55,000 athletes.

Even our own Athletes raise funds and take the plunge along with other fellow plungers.

“It is so wonderful to see the Athletes’ excitement and accomplishment in their eyes when they jump into the icy waters with everyone else. Their smile says it all! It is truly inspirational!” said Teresa Gilli, Director of Development.

Each year, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held throughout the country and attract thousands of chilled souls. They are part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run events, which is the largest grassroots public awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics. New York has one of the fastest growing Torch Run programs in the world.

Thousands of officers from hundreds of agencies across New York are a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

To participate in this year’s Fishkill Polar Plunge, log on to www.2013.kintera.org/fishkillplunge and click on “register here”. From here, participants can easily register as an individual, form a team, invite contacts to join the team, create their Personal Plunge Page, check their donation totals and send emails out to their contacts. It just takes a few clicks and you are ready to get started! As a friendly reminder, you can register the day of as well!

So, please join today and say you are “Freezin’ For a Reason”! It will truly be an experience of a lifetime!


Photos by: Official Photographer, Cedar Hill Photography


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