Special Olympics NY opens registration for the first “Cool School Polar Plunge” in Buffalo


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Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:00 AM

First student to award $ 1,000 scholarships to top “king and queen” in fundraising

Special Olympics New York has opened registration for its first “Cool School Polar Plunge,” a full day dedicated to Western New York students who pledge to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes by taking a dip in the cold water of Woodlawn Beach State Park on Friday. , December 3. First Student will award $ 1,000 scholarships to top fundraisers, men and women, who will also be crowned “King and Queen” at the event.

School teams can register at www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Buffalo.

This year marks the 15th annual Buffalo Polar Plunge, which is scheduled for December 4 at the same location. The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular and exciting fundraisers hosted by Special Olympics New York in the western New York region. Participants raise funds by asking for donations from friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances.

“Polar Dives are some of the most treasured – and fun – filled events we host every year,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “This is a great opportunity for people from across the community to come together and support our athletes while raising awareness of the capabilities of people with intellectual differences. If you join us for a polar dive, you will understand why so many people come back year after year.

For more information about the event or for help with registration, contact Erica Raepple at [email protected] or 716-909-6444.

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 51,000 registered athletes and unified partners across New York State with athletic training, athletic competition and health exams throughout the year. The organization is also partnering with around 250 schools statewide to deliver unified sports, where students with and without disabilities compete against each other as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are free to athletes, their families or their caregivers. The organization has been awarded the Platinum Transparency Label from GuideStar.com.


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