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Special Olympics to benefit from Oshkosh Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Wisconsin is hosting the annual Polar Plunge Saturday at 10 a.m. in Oshkosh, WI at Menominee Park.

According to the Polar Plunge website, the event benefits more than 10,000 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes across the state.

The day is focused on fun-filled activities aiming to raise funds to help local Special Olympics athletes, with 100 percent of the donations going towards funding the organization.

The Plunge came to Wisconsin in 1999, and over the years plungers have raised close to $19 million for Special Olympics athletes, according to the Polar Plunge website.

According to Nicci Sprangers, the Director of Development for Special Olympics Wisconsin, Oshkosh’s Polar Plunge is just one of 14 Plunges hosted across the state each year and close to 7,000 participants take part in the Plunge annually.

“There is something for everyone at the Polar Plunge,” Sprangers said. “There is no admission charge for spectators to enjoy the party. Those looking to experience the Polar Plunge need to only raise $75 in donations to be a part of the action.”

Sprangers said the day starts off with the Freezin’ for a Reason 5k, which is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Whether you choose to walk or run, participants have the option of stopping at the finish line or continuing on to join Plungers in their jump into the freezing water.

Those looking to plunge can go solo or in a group, young or old; Special Olympics Wisconsin just wants you to jump in the water.

“The Polar Plunge is also known for its wacky costumes and Polar Plunge teams can win a variety of prizes in our costume contests,” Sprangers said. “For those who prefer to stay warm and dry but would still like to help raise donations for Special Olympics, they can register as Too Chicken to Plunge.”

Sprangers said the event has five heated tents and live musical performances by two local bands.

“The tents offer beer, food, raffles, souvenirs and a Buffalo Wild Wings wing eating contest,” Sprangers said.

According to the Polar Plunge website the event goes on rain or shine, and will only be modified if temperatures reach a dangerous low.

If you’re looking for fun and want support great cause, come participate or spectate the day’s events this Saturday at Menominee Park.

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Special Olympics to benefit from Oshkosh Polar Plunge