Plunge into icy depths…for a good cause!
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • November 20, 2012 @ 10:27am
As the temperatures plummet into the mid-30s next week—and those are the highs!—the Western New York Polar Plunge should meet expectations. An icy thrill awaits.
Individual plungers must raise $100 to participate in the traditional dive into Lake Erie at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 off the sandy shores of Woodlawn Beach, S-3580 Lakeshore Rd., Blasdell. Registration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on-site, and donations of all kinds—even credit cards and money orders—are accepted. It’s okay to bring those floppy swimming noodles, too.
Total plunge donations have already exceeded $30,000, and here are the options for diving into the fun—you can join an existing team, register as an individual or create your own delightful polar squadron.
If you go above and beyond the $100 individual minimum, there are plenty of incentives for doing so. In addition to the Polar Plunge hoodie that each entrant receives—hey, it gets a little nippy after flopping into frosty waters—here are the tiers:
Also, if you raise $200, you receive a free ticket to the Polar Plunge Post-Party in addition to the sweatshirt. There’s no word on the Polar Plunge webpage about the cost to enter the party otherwise, and we’ll let you know once we receive a response.
There’s no requirement for how far you test the water—some merely dip their toes in, while others submerge themselves. Registration is open to all ages, but those under 18 need parental consent to participate.
Take a little time to learn about the mission and accomplishments of Special Olympics New York, a non-profit organization that presents athletic opportunities to those with intellectual disabilities.