UC Polar Plunge Feb. 11 to benefit Special Olympics

UC Polar Plunge Feb. 11 to benefit Special Olympics
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Some brrrr-ave souls will be taking the plunge next month to help the Special Olympics.
The Union City Polar Plunge is set for noon Feb. 11 at Aloha Pools & Spas at 1400 West Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.
In an event billed as “Freezin’ for a Reason,” cooler-than-cool participants are being asked to grab some friends and support Special Olympics Tennessee by jumping into the chilly waters at Aloha Pools & Spas, sponsor of the local event.
With a minimum of $50 in donations, each “plunger” will receive a long-sleeved official Plunge T-shirt and lunch — and all bragging rights associated with the chilly endeavor.
Participating is easy, according to organizers. Anyone interested may go online to www.polarplungetn.com and click on the Union City event. From there, they may either register online or download and fill out a registration form to be mailed back to Special Olympics Tennessee.
The polar bear-like plungers can begin collecting donations to support the local Polar Plunge by either using the donation form found online or by creating a personal online fundraising page. Each plunger must raise a minimum of $50 in order to plunge. The online information includes instructions for creating a personal fundraising page, as well as instructions for donating to a friend’s page.
Participants should bring all collected donations to the Union City Polar Plunge on Feb. 11. Online fundraising totals will be available at registration. Pre-event festivities and registration will kick off at 10 a.m., organizers said.
Plungers may plunge in anything but a wet suit. Costumes are strongly encouraged and will be rewarded.
All plungers will also sign a waiver of release and plungers younger than 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian signature.
Similar Polar Plunges are also planned in Nashville, Jackson, Memphis, Leb-anon and Knoxville during January and February.
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with (Continued from Page 1)
intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.16.12

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