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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

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Student belly flops at past Polar Plunge

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These students wore wetsuits to stay warm at past Polar Plunge

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Local real estate agents enjoyed the costume contest at a past Polar Plunge

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Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser is Feb. 8

Event aims to raise $30,000 for Special Olympics Ohio

The Ohio University Police Department and Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity will host the seventh annual Ohio University Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio. The Ohio University Polar Bear Plunge is part of a statewide initiative to raise money for the Special Olympics Ohio.

Special Olympics Ohio is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing yearlong training and competition to more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Participants can preregister at Buffalo Wild Wings in Athens on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration on the day of the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Snowden. The Plunge begins at 1:30 p.m. The Post-Plunge Party will take place at Buffalo Wild Wings from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

"Get Wild for the Plunge" is the theme of this year's costume contest, which takes place at 1 p.m.

Event coordinators hope to attract more than 250 participants in order to reach its goal of $30,000. Each participant must raise at least $50 to plunge. If cold water isn't your thing, the "Too Chicken to Plunge" T-shirt can be purchased for $30. Everyone is encouraged make a donation online, and attend the event to cheer on and support a plunger.

"I encourage everyone to come out and support this great and worthy cause," said OUPD Communications Officer Cathy Hart. "The Special Olympics athletes are always appreciative of our support and of course the plunge is one of most enjoyable events of the year for students and community members.

For more information about the event, registration, or giving a donation, visit the Special Olympics website at www.sooh.org. Additional contacts include Cathy Hart from the Ohio University Police Department at hartc1@ohio.edu or Phi Kappa Theta event coordinator Brett Engelhart at engelhartb@gmail.com.