Still time to be COOL for Special Olympics North Dakota
Public encouraged to support Special Olympics by ‘Freezin for a Reason’
Nearly 40 people have signed up and more are encouraged to do so for the “freezin’ for a reason” event to support Special Olympics North Dakota.
This year’s event will be Sunday at the Sleep Inn & Suites. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event begins at 12:30 p.m.
The event allows people the privilege to jump into icy cold water, outdoors, to raise money and awareness for people with intellectual disabilities. This is the eighth year that Special Olympics North Dakota has hosted this extreme sport. Other plunges coming up include Fargo and Bismarck, both on March 21. People may register the day of, as well.
“One thing we can count on in North Dakota,” said Kathleen Meagher, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota, “is having the bragging rights to coping with frigid cold temperatures. The Polar Plunge is an even greater way of expanding those bragging rights and to demonstrate the fun ways to enjoy our weather. It truly is an extreme sport but the exhilarating feeling you get after you plunge is one to remember.”
People can participate as an individual or may create a team. Everyone must raise a minimum of $75 to “take the plunge” into the icy waters. Participants are encouraged to arrive with a creative costume. Immediately following the event, awards will be given for the whitest legs, youngest plunger, oldest plunger, best costume, most money raised by a team, most money raised by an individual, most money raised by a business and most money raised by a law enforcement team (Golden Plunger Award).
The Polar Plunge in North Dakota is organized by community volunteers and local law enforcement who participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics as “Guardians of the Flame.” These events, along with similar events in communities across the state, help support the more than 1,600 people served by Special Olympics North Dakota and who train and compete year-round in 15 Olympics-type sports.
People can register at the event or to pre-register visit firstgiving.com/event/sond/2020-Polar-Plunge-Minot or call 746-0331. Volunteer opportunities also are available.