Get Ready for Another Season of Polar Bear Plunge!
If you want to experience a unique outdoor fun in Branson, participate at the Polar Bear Plunge Lake of the Ozarks to be held on February 24, 2018. When you want to show your bravery to this unbearable event by plunging into the frigid winter waters, it can help support the local Special Olympics athletes. The proceeds to this event will benefit Special Olympics Missouri. SOMO was established to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the athletes need you to get involved. You can be a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how your generosity can make a difference.
Participants to the event must be at least 10 years old and can at least raise a minimum of $75 each by event day. The Polar Bear Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Osage Beach PD is proud to host this event. Polar Bear Plunge is a family-friendly event. Special Olympics Missouri reserves the right to ask anyone to alter/remove their costume if found improper or offensive to those in attendance. Offline donations can be sent to Special Olympics Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge, 1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental disabilities. There are about 15,000 athletes that participate in 19 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics supports people with mental disabilities and develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.
The Lake of the Ozarks Polar Bear Plunge started in 1996 and they are now held in 13 other locations as the signature special event for Special Olympics Missouri. Each Polar Bear Plunge is coordinated with local law enforcement agencies because law enforcement’s charity of choice is Special Oympics world-wide. The Polar Bear Plunge is hosted by Osage Beach Department of Public Safety and the City of Osage Beach. The Plunge is supported by the Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Parks, Lake of the Ozarks State Park – Grand Glaize Beach, the Missouri State Water Patrol, the Osage Beach City Ambulance Service, and the Mild Country Fire District and Lake Ozark Fire District.
What makes Polar Bear Plunge event so special is that this it is supported by the community at the grass-roots level. The people in the community are key to planning and hosting the event. The Lake of the Ozarks State Park and the Department of Natural Resources provided unprecedented support this year with their Snow-wagon, their tents, their manpower, and their signage. The Lake Ozark Fire and Mid Country Fire Protection District provided the divers.
Polar Bear plunge Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to experience unique outdoor fun in Branson as it provides support to the local Special Olympics athletes.