The 2014 Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at Versailles State Park, reports Greg Townsend, Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn counties delegation coordinator.
“The Polar Plunge is the signature Special Olympics Indiana fundraiser,” and 12 plunges are scheduled across the state. “Since its inception, Hoosiers have raised more than $2.7 million making the Polar Plunge the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in the state. Individuals and groups jump into the frigid and icy waters of Indiana, soliciting donations from family and friends – often dressing up in costumes to make this bucket list activity as memorable as possible,” the Aurora resident reveals.
Persons must raise a minimum of $75 in pledges to receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Students, who are at least 12 years old, can participate by raising $50, but a shirt is not included. Heated changing tents are available to help participants stay warm before and after their dips in the lake.
For the first time, there will be a Pee Wee Plunge for children ages 11 and under. It will take place in a kiddie pool under the heated festival tent. The youngsters must have a minimum of $35 in pledges.
Runners and walkers who raise a minimum of $35 in pledges can join in the Polar Climb, a 5K run or 3K walk through the park. Those who pre-register at www.stuartroadracing by Feb. 8 will receive a Polar Climb T-shirt.
Spectators are welcome, and admission into the park and the festivity tent is free. They, along with the plungers, can enjoy music, vendors, Lions Club Food Den, basket raffle and face painting.
All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Indiana athletes in the community, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state and national levels in a number of Olympic-type sports, Townsend says.