Lee’s Summit, Belton and Kansas City police are dispatching a call from hibernation for all Polar Bears.
For the 10th Annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 25, men and women from around the area will don costumes and swimwear and take “polar” dips into Longview Lake.
The event will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri. All proceeds from the event benefit the organization and this year’s goal is 1,300 Plungers and $300,000. Organizers across the state hope to break the million-dollar mark this year with 14 events.
The Polar Plunge is open to anyone 10 years or older, who is a fan of having a good time for a good cause. The event hosts are Belton, Kansas City, and Lee’s Summit police departments for the plunge at Longview Lake Swim Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City.
Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. and the plunge starts promptly at noon. No wet suits allowed and shoes are required.
Each participant is required to raise a minimum $75 to participate in the Polar Plunge. They will receive an official Polar Plunge commemorative shirt and bragging rights. Participants can also receive incentives for reaching fundraising goals. You can view all incentives at www.somo.org/plunge.
The easiest and most efficient way to register and fundraiser is online. Simply go to www.somo.org/plunge, sign up, and email your friends and families to support your Plunge. Paper registration forms are also available at the Special Olympics Missouri Kansas City Metro Office. Mail or deliver pre-registration forms and the minimum $75 contribution to Special Olympics Missouri Plunge – 9001 W 67th Street, Merriam, KS, 66202.
Prizes will be awarded to Top Team, Top School, Top Law Enforcement Agency and the participant/group with the most original costume will be presented with the “golden plunger award.”
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 17,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.