For the second year, my police officer son spearheaded his department’s team for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. What is the Polar Plunge you ask? Hardy, warm-blooded brave people plunge intentionally into frigid waters in different lakes throughout Missouri to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year’s initial date for the Polar Plunge, was, well, very polar. Due to ice on the lake which would have made plunging a little hazardous, the date had to be postponed for a month. It was actually very not-polar on Saturday with temperatures in the 50s.
The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Police departments, troopers, correctional officers and various other companies participate in the plunge. This year, as in the past years, the event was hosted by the Lake Saint Louis Community Association.
When the runners are ready, they take a deep breath and charge into the water.
One quick dip is all it takes.
I think the water may be been just a little cold. Lol
Each plunger has to raise a minimum of $75 and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization: with nearly 5 million athletes in more than 170 countries — 16,900 of them here in Missouri. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes – we’re changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all.
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, skills, and much more. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
For 50 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance. https://somo.org/about/mission/