Special Olympics is one of the most patronized winter activities in Branson that transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, and everywhere.
This special event is the world’s largest sports organization with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries – 15,000 of them are in Missouri. It is also a global social movement. The organization has initiatives to activate youth, engage kids with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of member athletes – it’s changing the game for people young and old and asking everyone to be a part of it all.
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities are given unique opportunities in discovering new strengths and abilities, skills and success. These athletes will find joy, confidence and fulfilment – on the playing field and in life. They also give inspiration to many people in their communities and elsewhere by opening their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Special Olympics has been spreading message for 40 years to people with intellectual disabilities – so they can and will succeed when given the chance.
The Greatest Plunge on Earth will be held at Public Beach #2, Lake of the Ozarks on February 23, 2019. This unbearable event is a unique opportunity to show their bravery to support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the cold winter waters that Missouri has to offer.
Participants must be 10 years old and above and can contribute a minimum of $75 each by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri. The event is hosted by various police departments, high patrols, correctional centers, and other law enforcement agencies.
The proceeds of the Polar Plunge event will benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Missouri was founded to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and these athletes need you to get involved. If you want to be involved in this event, join as a volunteer, a coach, recruit a future athlete with intellectual disabilities and you will learn how you can make a difference.
Special Olympics has a mission to spread compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. It also has a goal to awaken everyone – and every community – to each person’s common humanity. It also has a vision to recruit athletes with intellectual disabilities at the local level and expanding on a global scale.
There are about 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Special Olympics want to reach out these people and their families and communities as well. Special Olympics is also the world's largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Many of the athletes come to the organization with neglected health problems.
As one of the unbearable winter activities in Branson, the Greatest Plunge on Earth is a great way to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.