BREEZY POINT — Registration is now open for the Brainerd Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. Fundraisers anxious to freeze for a reason can register online at www.plungemn.org.
This year, the Brainerd area’s plunge will be conducted at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, and will begin at 1 p.m. March 3. Check-in and registration at the plunge site will begin at 10 a.m. on the day of the plunge. Last year, 339 people took the plunge into Pelican Lake, and raised more than $63,000, in support of Special Olympics Minnesota.
Each year, thousands of brave and generous Minnesotans gather around the state, to take a dip into many of Minnesota’s 10,000 frozen lakes. The Plunge raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Minnesota, and for all of the Special Olympics athletes who train and develop their skills year-round. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $75 per Plunger, which goes toward the efforts of Special Olympics Minnesota, and its goal of increasing understanding of those with intellectual disabilities. The Polar Bear Plunge helps fund 7,100 athletes’ participation in more than 80 regional, area, and state competitions.
Several team challenges are being held this year, for plunge teams representing: corporations, restaurants, law enforcement, and schools. This year’s Polar Bear Plunge is proudly presented by Minnesota law enforcement. In 2011, efforts by local law enforcement, through their Law Enforcement Torch Run, raised nearly $2.4 million for the Special Olympics athletes, and much of that fundraising was done during the Polar Plunge events around the state.
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.