A special event in Branson in February 14, 2015 called ‘’Polar Bear Plunge’’ will be held to support local Special Olympics athletes by showing courage through walking, running or crawling into the freezing winter waters of Table Rock Lake. The proceeds of this unbearable event will benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s continuous program of competition and training for sports aimed for children and adults that have intellectual difficulties.
Participants to this Polar Bear Plunge must be at least 10 years old and able to raise a minimum of $50 at the time of the event. This Polar Bear Plunge event is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri. Hosting this special event in Branson in February include various police departments, correctional centers, highway patrols and other law enforcements agencies in the state of Missouri.
On the day in the middle of February 2015 at Table Rock Lake, there will be about 177 “brave’’ caring people with a big heart for the special athletes of ‘’Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO)’’ who will participate in the ‘’5th Annual Branson Polar Bear Plunge’’ at the Still Waters Resort Marina. This brave caring participants will intentionally plunge themselves into the freezing 42 degrees F waters of Branson’s Table Rock Lake that has an average temperature of 38 degrees F.
This statewide fundraising program of ‘’Special Olympics Missouri’’, is organized to provide year-round athletic competition and training in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These sports training and athletic competition give people with mental disabilities an opportunity to develop courage, physical fitness, joy, and participation through sharing of skills, gifts, and friendship with their families, the community, and other special Olympics athletes.
The organizer points out that this event in Branson in February is presented as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run by local law enforcement agencies. Branson Police Department and Troop D of the Missouri Highway Patrol are the agencies to present this ‘’Branson Polar Bear Plunge’’ in middle of February in Branson. The privilege of taking the frigid plunge may cost affordable amount of at least $50 for each plunger on each team that can be a good contribution for fund raising program of ‘’Special Olympics Missouri’’.
When plungers are asked what the water felt like as they plunged, they would normally say “It was so cold it could cause you a frostbite.” However, they did it for the good cause to help support the sports training and athletic competition for people with mental disabilities. Aside from the support of the Polar Bear Plunge event in Branson in February to athletes with intellectual disabilities, the event itself gives every participant a lot of fun and excitement where plungers compete the coveted ‘’Golden Plunger Award’’.
So, if you think you have the guts to plunge into the frigid waters of Table Rock Lake, dare to take the plunge and help support the Special Olympics Missouri’s program for people with mental disabilities.
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