2010-02-26 / Community

‘Freezin’ In Rockaway Beach For A Reason

The Inaugural Queens Polar Plunge is scheduled to take place this Saturday, February 27 on the shore of Beach 86 Street to Benefit Special Olympics New York.

Being dubbed, “Freezin for a Reason,” thousands of brave souls with warm hearts from across the state will take a dip in winter waters to show their support and raise money for Special Olympics at 9:00 a.m. The plunge will feature hundreds of Queens residents as well as special Olympians and coaches.

Those interested in more information should long onto www.Polar Plunge.Kintera.org/Queens to form a team, register as an individual or make a contribution. Plungers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 to take the plunge and receive an official sweatshirt marking their courageous efforts into the freezing Atlantic Ocean.

The monies raised will help the Special Olympics New York (SONY). The income generated from the event will help serve the more than 28,000 athletes in New York City, who train for months and then show off their athletic abilities by competing in Olympic-style events. Special Olympics New York has more than 200 competitions per year, due in large part to successful fundraising events like the Polar Plunge. As a result, Special Olympics can make the pledge that no athletes, their families or caregivers will ever be charged to participate in the competitions.

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