The Polar Plunge has become the signature fundraising event of Special Olympics. Plunges take place all over the U.S., with nine plunges taking place in Tennessee during January and February The Chattanooga Plunge, presented by Summers, Rufolo and Rodgers Attorneys at Law, benefits Special Olympic athletes in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Marion, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
"Join us and hundreds of other brave souls across the state for the coolest thing you'll do in 2018. Whether you jump, run or tiptoe in, you'll be helping us build a bigger, better and "cooler" community for 16,000+ Special Olympics athletes," organizers said.
The plunge works like a walk-a-thon. Plungers must raise a minimum of $75 to participate ($50 for children and students). Once plungers register at www.polarplungetn.com, they can invite friends, family, co-workers and others to donate money towards their plunge. All plungers receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, free lunch and bragging rights. The more money raised, the better the incentive prizes are. We also award prizes to top fundraising individuals and teams.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 at The Green at Ross’ Landing, where they will have their very own pool set up. On-site registration begins at 10 a.m., costume contest will be at 11 a.m. and the Plunge begins at 11:30 a.m. All plungers and volunteers will receive a free lunch provided by Chicken Salad Chick.
"We are excited about some of the Chattanooga familiar faces that will be plunging this year. There is still time to register to participate or donate. Onsite registration is available. Spectators are encouraged to join us for the event," organizers said. "Special Olympics Tennessee has helped thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities realize new dreams through sports training and competition."
2018 sponsors include: Summers, Rufolo and Rodgers Attorneys at Law, Advance Financial 24/7 Foundation, Chicken Salad Chick, Miller Industries, KISS-FM, Tennessee American Water Company, Chattanooga Times Free Press, LAMAR Advertising Company, Chattanooga Printing & Engraving, The Blue Plate, Paragon Printing, Coca Cola and Saylor See.