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The 2015 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana will be returning to the Versailles State Park on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Eagle 99.3 is proud to once again be an official media sponsor of this great event to raise funds for activities for individuals with special needs!

 

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Polar Climb Registration
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Pee Wee Plunge Registration
11:00 a.m. Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Polar Plunge Registration
12:30 p.m. Pee Wee Plunge
1:30 p.m. Costume Contest
2:00 p.m. Polar Plunge
3:00 p.m Basket Raffle Winners Announced
4:00 p.m. Polar Plunge/Sponsor Awards

 

THE MAIN EVENT

The Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash at Versailles State Park has become the official event of winter. The eighth annual Versailles Plunge is one in a series of twelve Plunge events held throughout the state during the month of February. All proceeds from the Versailles Plunge benefit Special Olympics athletes in our community, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state level in a number of Olympic-type of sports.

The Polar Plunge is the signature Special Olympics Indiana fundraiser. Since its inception, Hoosiers have raised more than $3.4 million making the Polar Plunge the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in the state.

Plunge participants, raising a minimum of $75 in pledges, take a quick dip in the ice cold lake at Versailles State Park – often dressing up in costume to make this “bucket list” activity as memorable as possible.

Participants must be at least 12 years old on the day of the Plunge. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signature from a parent or guardian – waiver can be downloaded at www.soindianarod.org/polarplunge.

This event is open to the public and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash is a family friendly festival with music, food, basket raffle, displays and other vendors.

 

FORM A TEAM

Plunging with a team is even cooler! You don’t have to be an official organization to create a team. Just have your family and friends join you for the big splash. A team is any group of 10 to 20 members that wants to Plunge together, but only teams of 10 or more that have raised the minimum of $75 per team member will be eligible for team prizes.

 

POLAR PLUNGE PRIZES

-Raise a minimum $75 and receive the official Polar Plunge long-sleeved event t-shirt

-Raise $300 – $499 and receive the official Polar Plunge beach towel

-Raise $500 – $999 and receive embroidered Polar Plunge hoodie

-Raise $1,00 – $1,999 and receive Polar Plunge full zip jacket or rolling cooler

-Raise $2,000 – $2,999 and pick two of the above items

-Raise $3,000 + and pick three of the above items

 

POLAR CLIMB 5K RUN/3K WALK

The Polar Climb 5K Run & 3K Walk, part of the wacky winter festivities of the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash, is a race through the scenic hills and woods of Versailles State Park that will take you to a spectacular view of Versailles Lake, the official Plunge site. First, second and third place medallions will be awarded in both male and female age groups: 14 & Under, 15 to 24 Year Olds, 25 to 34 Year Olds, 35 to 44 Year Olds, 45 to 54 Year Olds, and 55 & Over.

 

THE PEE WEE PLUNGE

The Pee Wee Plunge is designed for children ages 11 and under. It takes place under a large, heated tent in a kiddie pool filled with “icy” fog. Participants will wade across individually, providing a less congested (but no less exhilarating) experience for the pint-sized plungers.

 

THE CHILI SPLASH

Join us for dinner at the Versailles or Lawrenceburg Gold Star Chili on Thursday, February 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fill your belly and support Special Olympics Indiana athletes with 10% of your bill being donated to the Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash.

 

VIRTUAL PLUNGER

Get the “thrill” without the “chill”! Sign up today to be a part of the virtual plunger program. Participants are eligible for the Plunge incentive items starting at the $75 level to receive the souvenir t-shirt. www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge

 

SUPER PLUNGER CHALLENGE 

Do you dare become one of Indiana’s Super Plungers? Only for the bravest souls and the warmest hearts, the Super Plunger programs dare participants to go beyond the call of duty. Raise a minimum of $4,000 in pledges and Plunge at the Versailles Plunge and the Indianapolis Plunge on
March 7th.

 

COOL SCHOOL CHALLENGE

Be a part of the 7th annual Cool School Challenge – an event designed exclusively for school teams who want to brave the icy cold lake and support Special Olympics Indiana. It’s a great way to show just how cool your school really is.

A Cool School Team is 10 or more members that students, teachers, staff and/or coaches that Plunge together. Each team must raise the minimum of $75 per team member.

There will be a trophy awarded to the team that raises the most money in each division. Divisions are as follows:

Division 1: Middle Schools

Division 2: High Schools

Division 3: Private Schools

The coveted Cool School trophy, Tundra (a large stuffed Polar Bear that travels from school to school each year) will be awarded to the school that raises the most money overall. An Overall Top Teacher / Coach award will be given to the teacher or coach that shows outstanding fundraising and leadership of the Plunge team by raising the most money in all school divisions. And, an overall Star Student award will be given to the student who demonstrates an above and beyond effort in all aspects of fundraising and team support.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY CHALLENGE

Be a part of the 5th annual Public Safety Challenge – an event designed exclusively for police and fire departments and EMTS who want to brave the icy cold lake and support Special Olympics Indiana. Teams are 10 or more members of police officers, firemen, EMTS and their family and friends that Plunge together. Each team must raise the minimum of $75 per team member. A trophy will be awarded to the team that raises the most.

 

COSTUME CONTEST

Plunging in a wacky costume is highly encouraged and rewarded. Only two rules: nothing over the face and remember it’s a family event. The contest will take place before the Plunge and will be judged by a panel of three judges, with the winner being announce at the end of the Plunge.

 

REGISTRATION PROCESS/FEES

Polar Plunge

Registration Fee: A minimum of $75 in pledges
Incentive: Receive official Polar Plunge long-sleeve t-shirt, see “Prizes” for additional
incentives
Pre-Registration: www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge
Registration/Check-in: Each Plunger is required to check-in and sign a waiver day of
event. Any Plunger that has not pre-registered, may do so.

 

Pee Wee Plunge

Registration Fee: A minimum of $25 in pledges
Incentive: Mail in your registration and pledges by Feb. 8th to receive Pee Wee
Plunge t-shirt
Pre-Registration: www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge to download form
Registration/Check-in: A parent is required to check-in and sign a waiver day of
event. Any Pee Wee Plunger that has not pre-registered, may do so.

 

Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk

Pre-Registration Fee: $25/$15 ea. high school track team (5+ team members)
After Feb. 8th: $30/$20 ea. high school track team (5+ team members) (no t-shirt)
Incentive: Receive Polar Climb t-shirt if registration and fee is received by Feb. 8th
Online Registration: StuartRoadRacing.com
Registration/Check-in: Each runner/walker is required to check-in and sign a waiver
day of event. Any runner/walker that has not pre-registered, may do so.

 

THE REASON

Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Special Olympics Indiana receives no federal- or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way Agency, and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations.

Our goal is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential and develop their skills through year-round sports training and competition. As a result, Special Olympics athletes become fulfilled and productive members of their families and the communities in which they live.

Founded in 1969, Special Olympics Indiana provides a wide variety of opportunities for individuals with all levels of intellectual disabilities across all age ranges. SO Indiana is one of more than 50 Special Olympics affiliates in North America. Over the past 42 years, the organization has grown steadily to now include nearly 11,000 athletes, approximately 10,000 volunteers and 14 full-time staff.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 170 million people, or three percent of the world’s population, have intellectual disabilities—the largest disability population in the world. Intellectual disability knows no boundaries. It cuts across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds, and it can occur in any family.

Within SO Indiana, our focus is the growth of our year-round programs so that we can better serve our existing athletes and reach out to those athletes who have not yet had an opportunity to participate locally in Special Olympics. With the unifying power of sports at its core, SO Indiana hasgrown to be a movement not about “them,” but about all of “us.” We are a movement that invites the world to think, feel and act differently about everything. We believe in creating more unified communities—places where each person regardless of ability or disability, is accepted, respected and welcomed, and where each individual contributes to the strength and vibrancy of the whole.

 

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA – RIPLEY OHIO DEARBORN COUNTIES

Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Track and Field, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Bocce, Unified Bowling Doubles, Golf, Softball, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, and Equestrian. Reaching approximately 206 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, the delegation is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program they believe in. The delegation receives no funds from Special Olympics, Special Olympics Indiana, federal or state appropriated funds and relies entirely on corporate, civic, and individual donations on the local level. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn, call (812) 584-6861 or visit www.soindiana-rod.org.