Plunging for Special Olympics North Carolina

On Saturday, March 19th, H2OBX Waterpark hosted the Special Olympics North Carolina Polar Plunge. After a hiatus from in-person plunges due to COVID-19, this year's event was offered both in-person and virtually. It was the first time H2OBX was involved for an in-person plunge and over 200 registrants and spectators gathered to raise money for the 40,000+ athletes in the State.  Plungers were able to start at one end of Twin Tides wavepool and run through the waves to the other side.  There was even an opportunity for those Too Chicken to Plunge to just dip a toe from the Chicken Coop.  In total, over $13k was raised for Special Olympics from the event.

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A special thank you to all the law enforcement agencies that came out with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina.   It was an honor to see the Flame of Hope as part of the opening ceremonies. 

Photo by Lower Currituck Fire Department

Photo by Lower Currituck Fire Department

Ray and The Jill, in costume, from Dixie 105.7 were on hand to emcee the event and "Peanut Butter" and "Jelly" even took the plunge with Chilly the Polar Bear.   Each individual or team stepped up before plunging to introduce themselves and tell why they were "freezing for a reason".

Ray and The Jill

Chilly

Special thanks to all the volunteers and the local community for their support:  Jersey Mike's,  Slice Pizzeria, Daisy's Gourmet Cookies and Dunkin Donuts.

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About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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