When the temperatures drop, the Polar Bears Plunge!
The Polar Bear Plunges for Special Olympics New Jersey are fundraising events in which participants pledge $100 or more to take a brazen romp into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of Winter. Crazy? We think so. And we know lots of folks who agree … and who still take the Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey year after year.
Whether you’re the type who jumps into cold water or someone who inches in, with two choices of locations, we have a winter Plunge for you.
The annual Seaside Heights Plunge, scheduled for February 26, 2011, has grown to more than 4,500 participants who travel from as far as California to be a part of the fun. Radio station NJ 101.5’s Big Joe Henry , “the Voice of the Plunge” broadcasts live from the Aztec Ocean Resort, site of the Plunge, with interviews, updates and a countdown to Plunge you won’t want to miss. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Plunge scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Wildwood Plunge will take place January 15, 2011 at The Wildwoods Convention Center. This Annual Plunge is catching on throughout southern Jersey and beyond. Complete with hot tubs and indoor facilities for registration and changing, the Wildwood Plunge has grown in popularity each year.
Both of these Plunges are sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a volunteer effort by the Law Enforcement community of New Jersey to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey was ranked number two in the world for raising more than $2.4 million in 2009.
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition in 24 sports for more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, all completely free of charge.