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Posted: January 15, 2013  

Multisport: Attention Cold Weather Adventurists!! Registration Now Open For The Chicago Polar Plunge, Benefitting Special Olympics Chicago

CHICAGO (January 14, 2013) - - Calling all fearless weather warriors! Registration is now open for the 13th annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago. The Chicago Polar Plunge, one of the largest fundraising events for Special Olympics Chicago, will take place Sunday, March 3 on Chicago’s icy lakefront at North Avenue Beach from 9:30 am – 2 pm. This year, Special Olympics Chicago is aiming to make a “big splash” by surpassing all previous fundraising records for the Chicago Polar Plunge, and reaching the $1,000,000 mark.

Known for its festive costumes and courageous participants, last year’s event attracted more than 2000 participants, and raised more than $650,000. Whether plungers want to go waist high or take the full plunge, the Chicago Polar Plunge is a truly fun, inspirational and unforgettable experience.

Registration is now open by visiting SOChicago.org. At that website, plungers will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising page to jump-start their efforts. To help reach the $1,000,000 goal, registrants are asked to raise a minimum of $150. Participants are welcome to fundraise and plunge with a team or individually. Complimentary bus service will be provided for teams of 20 or more people. All participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt and towel.

Prizes will be awarded to top three individual fundraisers, top team fundraiser, best three individual costumes, largest team, and best group costume.

“The Chicago Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events in the city of Chicago each year,” said Jennifer Kramer, President of SCC/Special Olympics Chicago. “It is not only a fun and exciting day to be a part of, but the funds raised through the Chicago Polar Plunge help to change the lives of the thousands of Special Olympics Chicago athletes and their families. This year, we anticipate the Chicago Polar Plunge to be our most successful event yet, as we make history and reach our $1,000,000 goal!”

Once the dive is concluded, all are invited to a “Melt Down Party” which will take place inside the North Avenue Beach boathouse and in expanded heated tents from 11am-2pm. Admission is free and participants will receive free food and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Chicago, please call 312.527.3743; or email scc@sochicago.org.

About Special Olympics Chicago:

The Special Olympics Chicago program is the largest in the State of Illinois. The Chicago Program alone is larger than 26 other complete State programs. Chicago is the birthplace of Special Olympics and is now held in over 150 countries, worldwide.

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children (ages 8 and older) and adults with mental disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. The program gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In Chicago alone, more than 5,000 athletes are involved in the program.

Since 1969, Special Children’s Charities has been the fundraising co-sponsor of Special Olympics Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Special Children’s Charities mission statement is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement through athletics, recreational and social activities among youth and adults with disabilities.


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