Freezin' For A Reason Polar Plunge For Special Olympics Is Feb. 11

DPD Officers Will Take Polar Plunge Feb. 25 In Acworth

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Polar Plunge, set for Feb. 11 in Chattanooga, has become the signature fundraising event of Special Olympics. Plunges take place all over the U.S. with nine plunges taking place in Tennessee during January and February. The Chattanooga Plunge benefits Special Olympic athletes in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Marion, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.    

The plunge works like a walk-a-thon. Plungers must raise a minimum of $50 to participate ($40 for children and students). Once plungers register at www.polarplungetn.com they can invite friends, family, co-workers, and others to donate money towards their plunge. All plungers receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, free lunch and bragging rights. The more money raised, the better the incentive prizes are.  Prizes are awarded  to top fundraising individuals and teams. 

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, on the Finley Stadium field where there will be a pool set up.  Gates open for onsite registration at 10 a.m., costume contest will be at 11 a.m. and the Plunge begins at 11:30 a.m. All plungers and volunteers will receive a free lunch provided by Chicken Salad Chick. 

Special Olympics Tennessee has helped thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities realize new dreams through sports training and competition.  The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. It is also a global social movement.  For more information visit http://www.polarplungetn.org

Officers from the Dalton Police Department will be taking the Polar Plunge.  Officers from the department are raising money with pledges to jump into the frigid waters of Acworth Beach in Acworth, Ga. on Feb. 25 as part of state-wide fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia.  Every year, law enforcement agencies across Georgia engage in fundraising for Special Olympics Georgia with various events.

Last year, the Dalton Police Department had its best year of fundraising for Torch Run, donating more than $10,000 to the Special Olympics. 

To donate to the Dalton Police Department’ fundraising for the Polar Plunge, visit https://specialolympicsga.ejoinme.org/61698#.WEl4RlndDp0.mailto.  For more information on how to donate, contact Sergeant Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 168.



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