Tag: Special Olympics

Special Olympics Athletes Benefit from a Jump in the Lake

  Big Bear Lake, CA, March 11, 2014 – Nearly 500 people took a quick dip in the lake Saturday to benefit Special Olympics athletes in the third annual Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge. The goal for Plunge organizers was to raise at least $50,000. and it looks like they will more than double that. 44 teams and numerous individuals ran into the 45 degree water for a great cause. 10 athletes here in Big Bear and others from the Inland Empire will benefit directly from this event. They will receive help to pay for training, transportation and lodging, allowing them to participate in events such as bowling, and track and field competitions. The teams were quite creative, as usual. There were the Big Bear Copsicles, the Kiwanis Ice Cube (it would have been Cubes, but one cube was sick), the MWD Freezer Pops, Team Keller Williams wore tutus, a SWAT team and the Fire Department in full gear took the plunge, and of course the Big Bear Special Olympic Athlete Superheroes. 86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the Special...

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Polar Plunge Comes To Big Bear

Big Bear, Ca, February 1, 2012, 5:00pm – Big Bear Lake will talk the plunge this year, with its very first Polar Plunge on March 10th.  The event, which is done all over the world, sees hundreds of people stripping down to their swimsuits in the dead of winter, and taking a plunge into frigid lake or ocean temperatures.  The Big Bear Lake Resort Association’s Dan Mckernan told KBHR that although the temperatures are cold, the plunge is for a good purpose.  Organizers are now seeking fearless men, women and children to sign-up for the inaugural Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge, which helps sponsor year-round sports training programs and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Inland Empire Region of Special Olympics Southern California. All proceeds from the event give people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, accomplishments, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Individuals who take the Polar Plunge challenge are asked to raise at least $50 through pledges from family, friends and co-workers. Participants who reach this goal will get an official Polar Plunge t-shirt. Special Olympics supporters who prefer to stay out of the water can opt to register as a “Chicken.” They receive an “I’m too Chicken to Plunge” t-shirt,...

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