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  • Writer's pictureAl Friedman

Special Olympics Virginia-Polar Bear Plunge 2020

What we are:

The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded 50 years ago in 1968. We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our program, however, is about more than just sports. We envision a world in which people with intellectual disabilities lead healthy, vibrant lives grounded in ongoing sports and physical activity, sound nutrition and a deeply held conviction to improve, compete, achieve and demonstrate their personal best to themselves and their community. Our current strategic plan is focused on continued programmatic growth, program quality and increased funding.

With approximately half of the world's population under the age of 25, young people are critical to addressing many of society's most pressing issues. This new generation brings creativity, energy and an openness to change, and Special Olympics seeks to harness this power. As catalysts for change, youth with and without intellectual disabilities are vital owners of the inclusion revolution, and when empowered and unified by veteran supporters of our movement, they will be unstoppable.

No longer is it enough to provide a place for people of all abilities to come together through sport. It is time to demand uncompromising inclusion— in school, employment, healthcare, social activities and yes, sports, too. For our uprising to succeed, we need more rebels, heroes, and fighters like you.

Consider this your recruitment letter. Join us in the inclusion revolution!

3212 Skipwith Road, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23294 800.932.4653

Polar Bear Plunge


Where: Hilton Oceanfront Hotel 3001 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA

[ def: a group of penguins is called a colony ]

Shhh… can you hear them? They’re calling you… to PLUNGE!

The Polar Plunge® Festival is Special Olympics Virginia’s premier, annual fundraiser for those brrrr-ave enough to take the challenge. Join the “colony” as we come together to raise funds and plunge into icy waters at four different locations across Virginia in January and February– all for a cool cause.

Where Do the Funds Go?

Polar Plunge® is so much more than just an icy dip in the water. The funds raised at each plunge event help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities, and health services to more than 25,000 athletes of all abilities.

Our goal is to create a world where every single person is accepted and welcomed. Together, we are helping to make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member and one plunger at a time.

Please help me support Special Olympics Virginia by making a donation through my page. The process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!

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