Greater Dayton Polar Bear Plunge Is Wacky Winter Activity That Benefits Ohio’s Special Olympics Athletes

Greater Dayton Polar Bear Plunge Is Wacky Winter Activity That Benefits Ohio’s Special Olympics Athletes

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) ¬– Watson’s Pool, in Centerville, is the site of a Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Bear Plunge, for the benefit of Special Olympics Ohio, Saturday, March 13. Everyone – individuals and those from groups and organizations – is invited to participate in this wacky winter activity.

As part of this experience, participants obtain monetary pledges and then agree to jump or slowly crawl (however the case may be) into a custom “Polar Bear Plunge” pool. A new opportunity in 2010 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.

The activities for the Greater Dayton plunge begin with registration at 10 a.m. A costume contest is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. with the plunge starting at 12:30 p.m. A post-plunge party is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at Barleycorn’s, located near the plunge site.

Pre-registration and all pertinent information is available at sooh.org. Local information is available from Greater Dayton Plunge Coordinator Paige Ludwig at palsooh@aol.com or 614.239.7050.

A minimum of $75 in pledges is necessary to participate. High school and college students may participate by raising a minimum of $50 in pledges. All plungers receive a T-shirt and goody bag. There are also incentive prizes for those who raise more than the minimum pledge.

The Greater Dayton Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Ohio is one of nine scheduled throughout Ohio this winter. Others are scheduled for Mosquito Lake, January 23; Sandusky, January 30; Cincinnati (a combined effort between Ohio and Kentucky Special Olympics), February 6; Ohio University, in Athens, February 13; Crew Stadium, in Columbus, February 20; Geneva State Park, February 27; Grand Lake St. Marys, in Celina, March 6; and Indian Lake, March 20.

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.

Posted: 2010-01-18