Annual Polar Plunge is Saturday

Friday, February 10, 2017
Participants are pictured prior to last year's Polar Plunge.

Join law enforcement, area supporters and fans of Special Olympics, Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. as they plunge into the frigid waters of the pool at Hampton Inn in Blytheville.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The Blytheville Polar Plunge benefits the 15,000 athletes statewide participating in Special Olympics Arkansas Sports and Health programming. Sign up individually or as a team today so you too can be Freezin for a Reason this season, and learn more at specialolympicsarkansas.org.

There is a minimum fundraising goal of $50 to plunge; participants earn prizes through fundraising.

Polar PlungeŽ is a fundraiser in which individuals and teams take the plunge into various bodies of water...typically cold water to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas!

The Law Enforcement Torch RunŽ for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics with more than 100,000 law enforcement participants around the world. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event where law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes run the "Flame of Hope" into the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics competitions.

The LETR is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, raising an astonishing half a billion for the cause since its inception -- all dollars are raised in law enforcement's off-duty time and the funds stay local to the communities they protect and serve.

The Mission of the LETR for Special Olympics Arkansas is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 100 agencies and 1,500 officers work year-round in Arkansas to accomplish this goal. All funds raised go towards supporting Special Olympics Arkansas' year round sports training and athletic competition.

Special Olympics Arkansas provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving 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.

Special Olympics Arkansas currently serves 15,000 athletes in 17 Local Special Olympics programs across the state. In addition to the 240 competitions in nearly 20 sports across the state Special Olympics Arkansas athletes also participate in education, leadership and health programming free of charge.