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February 21, 2018

Unlock Your Curiosity at the 9th Annual Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Hawai’i is putting its supporters on ice with the return of the nonprofit’s popular Polar Plunge. This year’s event returns Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 9 a.m. with plunges taking place every hour until 1 p.m. at the lawn of Waterfront Plaza fronting Ala Moana Boulevard. This year’s theme is inspired by the popular Netflix TV series, “Stranger Things,” encouraging supporters to channel their inner Eleven and face the mighty Demogorgon, a 95 foot long, 36 foot high inflatable slide, and plunge into the Upside Down World of ice cold water.

All participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 for Special Olympics Hawai’i. Passionate plungers, who raise $500 or more, will receive mahalo gifts and can plunge up to six times. There will be a reduced fundraising goal of $50 for students of all ages, elementary through college. Registration is now open online at www.sohawaii.org.

“The Polar Plunge is a fun and easy way for our local businesses, service clubs, sports teams and families to give back,” said Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawai’i director of development. “Even though the plunge will be ice cold, we want all of our plungers to leave with a warm heart knowing that their participation helps to bring sports and wellness programs into the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.”

To receive VIP treatment, special prizes, and meals throughout the day, participants can register as a “Super Plunger.” With a fundraising goal of $1,000 or more, Super Plungers take the plunge for a total of 12 times in six hours.

Polar Plunges are regularly held across the Northeastern and Midwestern states, where participants jump into frozen lakes or ponds to help raise funds for nonprofits. Since 2008 Special Olympics Hawai'i’s Polar Plunge has helped raise $443,289 for local athletes.

Special Olympics Hawai’i provides year-round sports programs for athletes free of charge. Since 1968 Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Starting this July, we are celebrating 50 years of creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Stay tuned for more 50th Anniversary event information and details.

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