Week 26 – Special Olympics

It was 26 weeks ago that I took the plunge and started this yearlong journey of giving and blogging. So, it seemed fitting at this halfway point to take another plunge…as in the Special Olympics Nebraska Polar Plunge.polar plunge graphic

This is taking “hands-on” giving to a whole new level!

As I arrived at Lake Cunningham to check in, many participants were tailgating while the dive team was cutting a large hole in the ice from the shoreline…using a chain saw. Participants in this polar plunge don’t jump in from a dock, but rather jog or walk in from the shore and wade out about 25 feet to touch a mannequin and wade back.

IMG_0792Overall, this was a very fun and invigorating event. This was my first plunge, and I’m sure not my last! Thanks to Silvia for attending and taking the photos!

IMG_0795 2Hundreds of people participated in the plunge and the organizers announced that about $100,000 was raised for Special Olympics Nebraska.

I contributed $50 for the opportunity to wade in ice-cold water, plus handed the organizers a $50 bill on the way out from giving50x52 with my thanks for all that they do.

Special Olympics Nebraska is a non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect across the state.

From Special Olympics Nebraska’s beginnings over 40 years ago, they have grown from a few hundred athletes to over 5,000 athletes, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics Nebraska is active in over 110 communities statewide and can be found in hundreds of classrooms through Project Unify and Young Athletes Program initiatives.

Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship.

To learn more about the great things that Special Olympics Nebraska does, go to their website at http://www.sone.org/.

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