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Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Michigan

March 15, 2011

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Photo of Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at WMU.KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University community is invited to plunge into the icy waters of a makeshift glacial pool in Lawson Ice Arena Saturday, March 19, to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Michigan, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 18,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This will be the fourth Polar Plunge held at WMU. Members of the University and Kalamazoo communities have been securing donations to participate in the event.

The Polar Plunge is known for its zany costume contest, during which participants compete for the Golden Plunger Award. The award honors the participant with the most creative costume or best jump into the water.

Anyone can take the plunge for a minimum registration fee--a donation of $50. Those who don't want to brave the frigid waters may collect donations to receive a T-shirt that bears the "Too Chicken to Plunge" logo and are invited to attend the post-plunge party. All plungers receive incentive prizes and an official 2011 Polar Plunge T-shirt.

2011 Polar Plunge
Schedule of events

  • Registration: 11 a.m.
  • Costume parade: noon
  • Plunge begins: 12:15 p.m.
  • Awards and post-plunge party: 1 p.m.

To pre-register, make a donation or obtain more information, visit somi.org.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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