Once again, hundreds of people who value the Special Olympics mission of a healthy and vibrant life for individuals with intellectual disabilities will jump into the icy-cold Atlantic Ocean to raise much-need funds for the organization. And while many people will jump in the ocean to support Special Olympics Mass, possibly over 1,000, many more are still needed to help provide necessary funds for the year-round sports and health-related programs.
On Saturday March 3, the Polar Plunge www.polarplungema.org to support Special Olympics Massachusetts will celebrate 14 years as a major fundraising initiative for the organization, raising over those 14 years, well over $2 million. Those funds go directly to support the programs and health initiatives of Special Olympics Mass across the state.
Two locations this year will host Plungers including Nantasket Beach in Hull and Revere Beach. Those who are interested in Plunging, putting a team together or getting corporate involvement going should contact the Polar Plunge team at www.polarplungema.org or call 508-485-0986 Ext 212.
The Polar Plunge made its debut in 1999 as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Massachusetts and has raised over $2 million for athletes, since that time. Many Plungers don colorful costumes, which add to the merriment and memories of the day. Those too Chicken to Plunge may watch the event from the Chicken Coop dedicated to fundraisers looking to stay dry. Chickens are eligible for fundraising incentives and prizes as well.