Almost 2,000 people in South Dakota from age 8 and up are involved in the athletic programs offered by Special Olympics. The confidence and self-worth these individuals gain by their participation carries over into everything they do, from the classroom to work, from their homes and into the community.

And if you're thinking Special Olympics is just about track events, think again. Special Olympics activities also include: basketball, bowling, swimming, powerlifting, soccer and equestrian events too!

The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics. It is sponsored by South Dakota Law Enforcement as part of their year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events. You can support Special Olympics athletes and their dreams by raising money and jumping into very chilly water, pledging to another plunger or donating to watch other people do it without even getting your feet wet!

You can pre-register for the plunge online, or you can register the day of the event, Saturday, April 16, 2016 from Noon to 2:00 PM at the Canaries Stadium. Once again there are some great incentives depending on how much money you can raise, scholarship opportunities and a whole lot of fun to be had! So get busy and get ready to be "Freezin' for a Reason" at 2:00 PM, Saturday at the Bird Cage!

Dress up, dress down, wear costumes, wigs, hats- -whatever trips your trigger. And if you're having second thoughts right before you jump into that icy water. Imagine the smiles and thanks of all of the hardworking Special Athletes you're supporting. That will warm you up!

For more info, call Todd Bradwisch at 605-331-4117 or click here.

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