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January 29, 2014

QUICK 5: Taking the plunge for Special Olympics

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jennifer Lightle is the Development Director for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma. The Polar Plunge will be held at Boomer Lake Saturday. Registration is at 10 a.m., and the plunge is at 11 a.m.

1. What is the annual  Polar Plunge in Stillwater?

The Polar Plunge is a wonderful opportunity to be freezing for a reason. Brave souls go out and jump in freezing cold water to raise money and funds and awareness for Special Olympics Oklahoma.

2. How does the plunge raise money?

It costs $75 for that wonderful opportunity to jump into freezing cold water. It’s $75 per plunge, and that money all stays right here in Oklahoma to support the programs for over 9,800 Special Olympic Oklahoma athletes.

3. How has the plunge done in the past?

This will be Polar Plunge’s 13th year. Last year, in 2013, we raised about $230,000 and had 948 plungers. This year our goal is to raise $300,000 and have over 1,000 plungers statewide.

 

4. How can others help with the fundraiser?

If you don’t want to plunge, support a plunger. Go on our website at www.sook.org, click on the polar bear, and support a plunger or a team. You can also make a donation. Also, come on out. It’s free to watch. Enjoy yourself by watching some people jump into freezing cold water in costumes and all for a good cause.

5. What’s the best part about the plunge?

It’s definitely the connection between the athletes and the plungers. The athletes are cheering on a lot of the plungers, and it is an opportunity to be a part of your community and do something bigger than yourself. That’s what it’s really all about, being together.

 

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