Polar Bear Plunge

Imagine lining up on the sand in the cold of winter and running straight into the icy cold water. It sounds crazy, right? But this is the Polar Bear Plunge; it has become a popular event to fundraise money for charitable organizations.
 
Anyone who is brave enough to try—and wants to help a good cause—can participate in these events. Throughout the years, plungers have run the gamut from young children to seniors, families and sports clubs. If you would rather stay warm and dry, you are welcome to come watch the festivities and cheer on those courageous souls taking on the challenge.
 
The Special Olympics New Jersey will be hosting two dates to plunge into the icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The annual Wildwood Plunge at the Wildwoods Convention Center is on January 18, 2014. The Seaside Heights Plunge will be on February 22, 2014 on the boardwalk. In 2012, there were over 5,900 people braved the cold in Seaside.
 
It is asked that each participant raise at least $100 to do the plunge and they will also receive a Polar Bear Plunge Adidas fleece sweatshirt. All proceeds from the plunges benefits the Special Olympics New Jersey which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state reaching over 23,000 people.
 
New Jersey is also hosting the Special Olympics USA Games from June 14-21, 2014. More than 3,500 athletes are expected to attend to compete in 16 different events. The events will be centered around the Princeton and Greater Mercer County areas.
 
If you’re unable to make on those two days, but still want to try a plunge, you’ll have another opportunity on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014. The St. Francis Community Center is hosting their 10th Annual Super Plunge. Registration is $30 and $15 for students until January 31, all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. The money raised is used to support the Center and Southern Regional High School Swim Teams. So enjoy the thrill of dipping into the ocean and make it home in time for the big game.
 
All of these events help support the communities throughout the state of New Jersey while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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