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The 2024 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics goes beyond the excitement and thrill of freezing water. Individuals, organizations and businesses alike brave ice-cold temperatures with a shared goal: to support Special Olympics Cumberland County athletes with participation and fundraising.

The joint effort from participants to overcome the frigid waters mirrors the challenges often faced by athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Held at the Lake Rim Aquatic Center at 2265 Tar Kiln Dr. on Jan. 20, from noon to 1:00 p.m., the Special Olympics of NC invites plungers, volunteers and sponsors to join them for this thrilling event. The Special Olympics of NC hopes to crush their goal of raising $2,000 with the help of their plungers.

The Special Olympics is a global movement to create a new world of inclusion, empowering youth and adults with disabilities through the joy of sports.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, this organization has grown into not only a nationwide but a worldwide organization that has touched the lives of millions. The Special Olympics spans over one hundred ninety countries and supports over 5 million athletes, coaches, and volunteers with thirty-two Olympic-type sports.

The Special Olympics holds campaigns and fundraisers year-round, partnering with Publix for in-store icon fundraising. This movement branches outside of playing sports, working towards inclusion, and respect for those of all abilities. Athletes involved in the program build self-esteem and confidence, create long-lasting friendships, and give them an outlet to express themselves.

According to their official website, they ask that you help, “Advocate for a more inclusive community for people with intellectual disabilities by taking part in one of the many opportunities to make a difference!”
Spread the word through a pledge for inclusion, “I pledge to look for the lonely, the isolated, the left out, the challenged and the bullied. I pledge to overcome the fear of difference and replace it with the power of inclusion.” Their pledge reminds us just how much the Special Olympics cares for each and every life they’ve touched and how they’ll continue to do so for as long as they can.

Not only is this event an incredible opportunity to give back to the community, but it’s also wonderful for plungers’ health. Polar plunges promote circulation and decrease inflammation all while having the potential to improve your immunity and boost your mood.

Studies show that an ice-cold dunk can ward off depression and if utilized consistently can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Others use ice plunges for pain relief and the huge rush of endorphins it provides.

Polar plunges are often organized as fundraisers for various causes, so those who love the thrill of leaping into the cold can do so for charitable causes year-round.

2024’s Polar Plunge isn’t the only way to support the Special Olympics. Along with their Publix campaigns, monthly donation programs, and company partnerships, The North Carolina Special Olympics offers opportunities to donate vehicles, sponsor athletes, and volunteer. There’s no time like the present; join the Polar Plunge event today.

For more information and to register, visit give.specialolympicsnc.com, their Morrisville headquarters, or contact 919-719-7662.

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