by Robin Gee
Splash for a good cause at the annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 4, at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue. There’s still time to join the hearty souls who brave the winter cold to raise money to support Special Olympics athletes in our area.
One of the organization’s largest fundraisers, the event raised more than $125,000 last year to help send athletes from Kentucky and Ohio to participate and compete in Special Olympics events.
Polar Bears, as they are called, raise money through donations that support their effort to take a plunge into a cold water pool set up in the parking lot the restaurant. Adult participants must raise a minimum of $75 to take part in the event and Junior Plungers, ages 6 to 18, must raise at least $50.
Individuals and teams can register to participate on the Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge website. Individuals can also find teams to join on the site, and donors can select to sponsor individuals, a team or the official plunge mascot, Glacier the Bear.
Participants can check in at an early registration event at Joe’s Crab Shack 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday or between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The event promises a fun, festive atmosphere with many participants choosing to dress in costume. Opening ceremonies are at 11 a.m. and the plunge starts at 11:30 a.m. Celebrate after the event with food and refreshments at the Post Plunge Bash.
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with intellectual disabilities.