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North America has over half a million athletes participating in all 32 sports offered by Special Olympics.  It is home to athletes from Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.  Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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January 22, 2015 | North America: Colorado

Winter X Games Hosts Unified® Competition

By Rafael Pacheco

Cody Field, Special Olympics Snowboarder, practices in preparation for the X Games first Special Olympics Unified® competition.

Cody Field Special Olympics snowboard world champion will get his shot for X Games glory along with other Special Olympics snowboarders who will be paired with veteran pro riders in a combined-time race for the event's first Special Olympics Unified® competition.View Story Cody Field, Special Olympics snowboard world champion, will get his shot for X Games glory along with nine other Special Olympics snowboarders who will be paired with veteran pro riders in a combined-time race for the event's first Special Olympics Unified® competition.

About Rafael Pacheco:I am the e-Communications Product Manager for Special Olympics.
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January 19, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball Goalkeeper Gets “Special Instructions”

By Victor L. Brown, SOJ Floorball Coordinator

Greg instructing Oshain

Oshain Daley is a Special Olympics Jamaica athlete who will benefit from resources that have been arranged by the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) to be on-island until March 2015.View Story Oshain Daley is a Special Olympics Jamaica athlete who will benefit from resources that have been arranged by the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) to be on-island until March 2015. Gregoire Schneider, (former Goalkeeper for UHC Biel Seeland and former President of UC Corcelles-Cormodrèche in Switzerland) has agreed to provide some observations and instruction to Oshain to improve his Goalkeeping skills and techniques Gregoire has already observed that “Oshain has a good basic positioning and we’ll be working on helping him to keep it when he is moving in front of on-coming players. I would also say that Oshain has good reflexes”. “This is a great opportunity for Oshain to get first hand expert advice to improve his skills. We thank the JFA for bringing this resource on-island. Gregoire’s length of stay is timely as we are looking towards the 2015 Canada Cup. With this direct intervention we are sure that Oshain will improve on the good showing at the 2014 event.” Wayne Roberts, Assistant Coach, Youth Development.

About Victor L. Brown, SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I've been coordinating the development of SOJ Floorball for 3-years. We have traditional athletes (to include wheelchair) and a Unified team that has played at the 2014 Canada Cup
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January 08, 2015 | North America: Georgia

Georgia Athletes Get Ready For Upcoming State Indoor Winter Games And Southeast Powerlifting; Bowling with Special Olympics Comes Family Time

By Wendy Bigham

`(In the top picture above, Kimberly Ware (top, right) stands with her team and Debbie Parrish, therapeutic coordinator at Fayette County Parks and Recreation.

Last State Indoor Winter Games, Kimberly Ware's Uncle Tom Browning cheered from the stands at her bowling competition. Kimberly then asked if the avid bowler would give her and her Fayette County team, the King Pins, some bowling pointers before this year's state competition. He agreed.View Story Last State Indoor Winter Games, Kimberly Ware's Uncle Tom Browning cheered from the stands at her bowling competition. Kimberly then asked if the avid bowler would give her and her Fayette County team, the King Pins, some bowling pointers before this year's state competition. He agreed, and for the last four Saturday mornings, Tom has driven from his home in Marietta to Peachtree City to help coach Kimberly's team. His coaching has spurred on even more family involvement in Special Olympics. They'll bowl as a family after practices. "We don't get to see him much, so it's good family time," Kimberly said. The retired law enforcement officer will cheer on his neice again this year at the State Indoor Winter Games January 23rd-25th in Cobb County. She will join approximately 2,272 athletes and unified partners from across the state. Basketball, floor hockey, gymnastics, powerlifting, and roller skating competitions will also be held.

About Wendy Bigham:Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia.
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January 08, 2015 | North America: New York

My caring Family

By lillian chaparro

I'm going to get involved with Special Olympics more often and motivate myself and show my family what I can do and make them proud!! I'm very happy that I have a loving family that supports me in everything I do.View Story My family is very good to me.They mean a lot to me despite my having a disability. My family knows I'm involved in sports in Special Olympics. I love my family very much. They're very supportive and do the best they can when I need them. My mother takes care of me and she gives me some advice when I'm feeling down. She would tell me what I should do when things don't go well for me. I'm going to get involved with Special Olympics more often and motivate myself and show my family what I can do and make them proud!! I'm very happy that I have a loving family that supports me in everything I do! I love you!!

About lillian chaparro:I'm a medalist in bowling and a friendly person.
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January 08, 2015 | North America: North Carolina

Tar Heells JV Team Scrimmages Special Olympics NC Athletes

By Megan ODonnell

UNC JV basketball player tries to defend Special Olympics Orange Cty player in a Unified scrimmage.

Special Olympics NC arranged for a unique opportunity for some Special Olympics Orange County (Chapel Hill) athletes on Jan. 5, 2015. The Special Olympics Orange County Bulls Basketball Team went to the Dean Smith Center and scrimmaged the UNC Tar Heels Men’s JV Team.View Story Special Olympics NC arranged for a unique opportunity for some Special Olympics Orange County (Chapel Hill) athletes on Jan. 5, 2015. The Special Olympics Orange County Bulls Basketball Team went to the Dean Smith Center and scrimmaged the UNC Tar Heels Men’s JV Team. The Bulls were treated to their own locker room in the Smith Center upon arrival and this certainly helped make the afternoon one to remember! For the first 20 minutes, the two teams scrimmaged each other and the game was quite close! At half time, the two teams intermixed with each other creating Unified Teams and then played another 20 minutes. The game was incredibly close with one team winning by 1 point. A great time was had all the players! They were equally impressed with each other’s skill set and shooting prowess. Some of the UNC Men’s “Varsity” team came out to watch the game and too!! There was a lot of cheering going on by all involved!

About Megan ODonnell:VP of communications for Special Olympics North Carolina
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Jan 27, 2015

Area Eleven Senior Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 27th for the Special Olympics South Carolina Area -Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Athletes ages 13-20 will compete and showcase their skill on the lanes. For more information about the event please refer to the contact info and link below.
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Email: area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 29 - Feb 1 2015

2015 Provincial Winter Games Speed Skating Competition

Special Olympics Ontario is hosting our 2015 Provincial Winter Games from January 29 – Feb 1st, 2015 in North Bay, Ontario. We have a few spaces available in our Speed Skating Competition and would like to extend an invitation to your speed skating athletes to attend. Cost $50 per athlete which includes 3 nights of accommodation, all meals, opening and closing ceremonies, athlete’s victory dance and ground transportation once you arrive at the games. Teams are responsible for their own travel to and from the event. As this is a qualifying competition for National Games for us, we require all athletes to use regulation speed skates. Hockey skates will not be permitted. For more details use the link below. Contact Juli Prokopchuk Brattan using the contact information below by November 1st if you are interested in attending.
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Juli Prokopchuk Brattan
Email: julip@specialolympicsontario.com
Phone: 1-888-333-5515 ext 2
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North Bay, Ontario
North Bay, Ontario
CANADA

Jan 30 - 31 2015

2015 Polar Bear Plunge

The Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge brings together children and adults who are interested in two things: raising money to support the athletes of Special Olympics D.C. and having fun doing something wild! The Polar Bear Plunge will occur on two weekends in a row in different locations. Special Olympics D.C. provides essential year-round sports training and competition programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia. Anyone can be a part of this cool event (participants under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian signature), as long as you raise a minimum of $50 (but hopefully more!).
For more information
Go to DCPlunge.org to register
Special Olympics DC Staff
Email: mjohnson@specialolympicsdc.org
Phone: (202) 408-2640
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Catholic University
3660 John McCormack Road

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Jan 30 - 31 2015

State Basketball Competition

Join us January 30-31 at The Big House in Tavares, Florida as Special Olympics Florida teams compete from Areas 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in the 2014 Special Olympics Florida State Basketball Tournament. It will be sure to be an exciting display of courage and basketball skill. See you there!
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Akin Joseph
Email: akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone: 352-243-9536
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The Big House
1544 Lane Park Cutoff Road

Tavares, Florida
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Capital Area Polar Plunge

Please join us at the 2015 Capital Area Polar Plunge (formerly Harrisburg Polar Plunge) to benefit local Special Olympics PA programs! Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 or more to Plunge their hearts out for the thousands of Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes! So get a thrill from the chill and join us on Saturday, January 31st at Gifford Pinchot State Park! This year is the 10th Annual Capital Area Polar Plunge...let's make it the best year yet!! Registration; Iglooville Set Up: 8:00am - 9:30am; Plunge Registration: 9:30am - 11am: Chillville & Concessionville: 10:00am; Costume Contest Registration: 10:30am; Costume Contest Judging & Chicken Plungers "Chicken Dance": 10:30am - 11am; Plunge Time: 12:00pm
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Gifford Pinchot State Park
Conewago Day Use Area, Delaware
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lewistown Polar Plunge

Join us for the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the 2015 Montana Winter Fair in Lewistown. Don't be left out of the cold! REGISTER TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Montana Winter Fair
Lewistown , Montana
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

31st Annual Media Ski Challenge

The 31st Annual Media Ski Challenge will be held at the all new Mt. Brighton/Epic Ski Resort on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. Local Advertising and Production facilities will compete against each other to raise money for Special Olympics. As always, proceeds from this year’s event will be used to provide needed equipment for local area Special Olympic teams. The race is open to all media employees throughout Southeast Michigan. A traveling “Challenge Cup” will be awarded to the team that raises the most money through pledges, donations, etc. Team trophies will also be awarded to other race winners at the results party following the event, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Donations will be used for the sole purpose and benefit of the Special Olympics of Mid-Michigan, a volunteer, non-profit organization providing year round sports training and athletic competition in 21 different sports, to athletes ages 8 and above with intellectual disabilities. The money raised from this event will help to support the equipment, training and competition needs of the Special Olympic Alpine/Snowboard team. **Team Captains will receive 2 lift tickets for each registrant to allow team members to come out to practice prior to the race date (up to 14 tickets). Lift tickets and racing will be free of charge to Media Team members the day of the race. Rental equipment is also available, if needed.
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Clark Attebury
Email: clark.attebury@lowe-ce.com
Phone: 586-558-6209
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Mt. Brighton - Epic Ski Resort
4141 Bauer Rd.

Brighton, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jackson Polar Plunge

The Jackson Polar Plunge takes place January 31st. Registration takes place from 8:30-10 am. The parade of costumes will be at 10 am and Plunge at 10:15 am. Afterwards, Splash Bash begins immediately after last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
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The Pointe Bar & Grill
Jackson, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. Joseph Polar Plunge

The St. Joseph Polar Plunge takes on January 31st. Registration starts at 9 am. The Parade of Costumes and Plunge will take place at 11:00 am and the After Splash Bash will immediately follow the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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The Inn at Harbor Shores
St. Joseph, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Oak Mountain State Park Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Alabama athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin.
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Mike Williams
Email: mwilliams@pelhamonline.com
Phone: 205-965-9153
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Oak Mountain State Park Beach
200 Terrace Drive

Pelham, Alabama
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Miles City Polar Plunge

Join us for the 1st Annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters in Miles City. Don't be left out of the cold! REGISTER TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Resgister
Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: (406) 216-5327
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Miles City Fire Department
2800 Main St

Miles City, Montana
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Central Cheerleading Qualifier - Greensboro

Join us January 31st at Ellis F. Corbett Sports Center in Greensboro, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and show their skill in cheerleading competition. Come and support our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Andrea Stamm
Email: astamm@sonc.net
Phone: 919-719-7662 x105
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Ellis F. Corbett Sports Center
1601 E. Market St.

Greensboro, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Area 4 Basketball Tournament

Join us and cheer on our athletes on January 31st at Houghton Lake High School in Houghton Lake, Michigan for what is going to be an exciting basketball tournament. Hope to see you there.
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Marc Wills
Email: area04@somi.org
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Houghton Lake High School
4433 W Houghton Lake Dr

Houghton Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Central Basketball Qualifier - High Point

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day of basketball competition. This event will be held on January 31st at various locations througout High Point, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Various Locations
High Point, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 1 - 3 2015

Southeast Winter Games - Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Want to experience Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding competition in its purest form? Come to Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone/Blowing Rock, North Carolina February 1-3 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the slopes. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Rd.

Boone/Blowing Rock, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 3 - 6 2015

State Winter Games

The 2015 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors will be February 3-6, 2015 in the greater Traverse City area. Alpine Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill; Cross Country Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1K, 3K, 5K; Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: Compolsury and Freestyle; Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom; Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme: 30M, 50M, 75M, 100M, 200M, 400M; Speed Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: 25M, 30M, 50M, 100M, 300M, 500M, 800M. For more information about the State Winter Games, including how to volunteer use the link below.
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Aaron Mills
Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 3 - 5 2015

Illinois Winter Games

What is Winter Games? Winter Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain in Galena, Illinois. Approximately 400 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! Sports competition runs from Tuesday, February 3, to Thursday, February 5. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email: dshindley@soill.org
Phone: 309-888-2551
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Chestnut Mountain
8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd.

Hanover, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 5 - 8 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Tela Mange
Email: tmange@sotx.org
Phone: 512-491-2928
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas
UNITED STATES

Feb 6, 2015
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

2015 Polar Bear Plunge

The Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge brings together children and adults who are interested in two things: raising money to support the athletes of Special Olympics D.C. and having fun doing something wild! The Polar Bear Plunge will occur on two weekends in a row in different locations. Special Olympics D.C. provides essential year-round sports training and competition programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia. Anyone can be a part of this cool event (participants under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian signature), as long as you raise a minimum of $50 (but hopefully more!).
For more information
Go to DCPlunge.org to register
Special Olympics DC Staff
Email: mjohnson@specialolympicsdc.org
Phone: (202) 408-2640
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American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Feb 6 - 7 2015

Polar Plunge -- Virginia Beach

Our Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is our largest annual fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in February. Crowd favorites at this event include the Polar Plunge 5K on the boardwalk, the PeeWee Plunge for kids, our beach volleyball tournament, and, of course, the PLUNGE!
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Debbie Apperson
Email: dapperson@specialolympicsva.org
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Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Between 6th and 9th Streets

Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Feb 7 - 8 2015

Athlete on Snow/Time Trials

On 7 February 2015, Special Olympics Maryland athletes will register for clinics to help improve their ski conditioning, form and gate practice. On 8 February 2015 Special Olympics Maryland will host mandatory time-trials where athletes will run time trials in order to qualify times for the upcoming Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Ski Whitetail
13805 Blairs Valley Road

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Gaylord Polar Plunge

The Gaylord Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 7, 2015. Registration begins at 9:30 am with the Plunge taking place at 11:00 am. After Splash Bash will happen following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Jim Adams
Email: adams1jg@cmich.edu
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Alpine Tavern
Gaylord, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015

Fenton Polar Plunge

The Fenton Polar Plunge takes place February 7, 2015. Registration takes place at 11 am at Fenton Township Hall and the Plunge starts at 1 pm. The After Splash Bash will follow the last Plunger at Fenton Moose Lodge. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Sarah Henry
Email: henry2s@cmich.edu
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Fenton Moose Lodge
Fenton, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Madison Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email: lisam@soct.org
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Hammonasset State Park
Madison, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM

York County Polar Plunge

The 2015 York County Polar Plunge will be held on February 7, 2015! The York Polar Plunge benefits nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes of York County. To check out all the latest information please visit the Special Olympics York County Polar Bear Plunge website.
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John Wright Building
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Pintler Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Anaconda Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Silver Lake
Anaconda, Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pennsylvania Winter Games Plunge

NEW NAME! NEW LOCATION! SAME FREEZIN' FUN! A Winter Games kickoff tradition has a “new home” and “new name” for 2015! On Saturday, February 7, 2015, join us at Canoe Creek State Park for the 2015 Winter Games Polar Plunge as we grow a tradition that started 4 years ago! Last year over 400 people took the plunge adding to the more than $150,000 that has been raised for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes since this event began! Raise a minimum of $50 and you will be ready to join the frozen fanatics as hundreds take the frigid dip into Canoe Lake! Saturday, February 7 : Canoe Creek State Park in Hollidaysburg; Registration: 9:00am-11:45am; Plunge Safety Briefing: 11:45am; Plunge Time: 12:00pm
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Canoe Creek State Park
205 Canoe Creek Rd

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rhode Island State Winter Games

Join us on Februay 7th at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter, Rhode Island as 66 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island will finalize league play hosted by the Student Pastoral Council at Providence College.
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: (401) 349-4900
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Yawgoo Valley
160 Yawgoo Valley Road

Exeter, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

York County Plunge

The 2015 York County Polar Plunge will be held on February 7, 2015! The York Polar Plunge benefits nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes of York County. To check out all the latest information please visit the Special Olympics York County Polar Bear Plunge website. Registration Night is Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the John Wright Building located at 124 Front St. Registration Opens: 9:30am - 11:30am; Ceremonies: 10:00am; Costume Parade/Contest: 10:45am; Chicken Dance: 11:15am; Golden Plunger Awards: 11:30am; Plunge: 11:45pm
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John Wright Building
124 North Front Street

Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

West Basketball Qualifier - Concord

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day basketball competition. This event will be held on February 7th at various locations througout Concord, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below..
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Various Locations
Concord, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basketball FanQuest 2015 - Vienna

Special Olympics basketball teams from Oakton and McLean take to the courts. Free admission, contests, prizes and a guaranteed good time for all! Tip off is at 7:00 p.m., but we suggest arriving no later than 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) to get a great seat! All activities should end by 8:30 p.m.
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Dave Pawlowski
Email: dpawlowski@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 804-726-3034
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Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Turk Lake Polar Plunge

The Turk Lake Polar Plunge takes place February 7, 2015. Registration starts at 12:00 pm at Turk Lake Bar and Grill. The Plunge takes place at 3:00 pm. The After Splash Bash takes place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Greenville, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Area-24 Basketball Tournament

The Special Olympics Michigan Area-24 Basketball Tournament will take place February 7, 2015 at Mason County Eastern High School in Custer, Michigan. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9 AM. Teams will play two days with competition ending between 2:00-3:00 PM. Ribbons will be awarded.
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Cindy Hummer
Email: chummer12@gmail.com
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Mason County Eastern High School
18 S. Main Street

Custer, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Traverse City Polar Plunge

The Traverse City Polar Plunge takes place February 7, 2015. Registration starts at 10 am with Plunge starting at 11 am. After Splash Bash will take place immediately after last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Kimberly Purdy
Email: purdy1kr@cmich.edu
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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Clubhouse
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

East Basketball Qualifier - Greeneville

Join us February 7th at various locations thourghout Greeneville, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and show their skill in basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Various Locations
Greeneville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Polar Plunge - High Point Police Department

Come plunge! High Point Police Department will be sponsoring a polar plunge to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics at the Sports Center Athletic Club. The cost to jump is $50.00, and a meal and towel will be provided to each jumper. There will be prizes to the oldest and youngest jumper, the team with the best costume, and the highest fundraiser. Sign up today using the link below.
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Lee Lanier
Email: charles.lanier@highpointnc.gov
Phone: 336-309-3165
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Sports Center Athletic Club
3811 Samet Drive

High Point, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Muskegon Polar Plunge

The Muskegon Polar Plunge takes place February 7, 2015. Registration starts at 12:00 pm with the plunge taking place at 2:00 pm. The After Splash Bash takes place at 4 pm. There will be a pre-registration night on February 6, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Fricano's. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Fricano's Muskegon Lake
Muskegon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Winsted Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Highland Lake in Winsted, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Sharon Pelkey
Email: sharp@soct.org
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Highland Lake
Winsted, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Penguin Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Penguin Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100/$50* in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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City Beach
Whitefish , Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 8, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Penguin Plunge New London

Join us February 8, 2015 at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Jackie Turro
Email: jackiet@soct.org
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Ocean Beach Park
New London, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 13, 2015
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

First Look for Charity

This annual black-tie affair provides attendees with a “first look” at the nation’s largest auto show before it opens to the public. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment along with food, drink and desserts while strolling the show floor that boasts more than 1,000 new vehicles! Attendees will also have the chance to go home in a 2015 Ford Explorer or a 2015 Ford Fusion. The proceeds of your ticket purchase benefit Special Olympics Illinois, if you designate us as your charity of choice. Designate Special Olympics Illinois as your charity of choice.
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Corinne Zollars
Email: czollars@soill.org
Phone: 630-842-5614
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McCormick Place
2301 South Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cheboygan Polar Plunge

The Cheboygan Polar Plunge will take place February 14th at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
Phone: 800-644-6404
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Hoppies Tavern
Cheboygan, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge takes place February 14, 2015. Registration takes place 12:00 pm with the plunge starting at 1:00 pm. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
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Gerrish Township Marina
Higgins Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
12:30 PM - 2:30 AM

East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge takes place February 14, 2014. Registration takes place at 11 am with the plunge starting at 12:45. The After Splash Bash will take place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Krista Paulin
Email: pauli1kc@cmich.edu
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East Grand Rapids Middle School
East Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Sault Ste. Marie Polar Plunge

The Sault Ste. Marie Polar Plunge takes place February 14, 2015. Registration starts at 9 am at The Antlers. The Plunge takes place 10:30 am at Rotary Park. The After Splash Bash will follow the last plunger at The Antlers. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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The Antlers
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Cheboygan Polar Plunge

The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place February 14, 2015. Registration starts at 11 am and Plunge starts at 12:30 pm. After Splash Bash takes place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Hoppies Tavern
Cheboygan, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Sweetheart Passion Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Sweetheart Passion Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Helena, Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

4th Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game

Twelve (12) Special Olympics athletes have been selected to participate in this season’s NBA Cares Unified Sports®Basketball Game. This Special Olympics Unified Sports® experience will combine an equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for a 5-­-on-­-5 Basketball game with 12 players on each team. Each team will be comprised of 6 NBA legends and WNBA players and 6 Special Olympics athletes. The game will be played for 40 minutes with two 20-­-minute halves running time with a 10-­-minute half-­-time break.
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Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza

New York, New York
UNITED STATES

Feb 15, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Game

Join us February 15th at TD Bank Sports Arena in Hamden, Connecticut and see Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams the Cherire Rams play the Wilby Wildcats during halftime at the Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Game! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email: specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone: 203-230-1201
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TD Bank Sports Arena
305 Sherman Avenue

Hamden, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 15, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

U of M Polar Plunge

The U of M Polar Plunge takes place February 15, 2015. Registration takes place at 11:30 am with the plunge starting at 1:00 pm. The After Splash Bash will take place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Sarah Henry
Email: henry2s@cmich.edu
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U of M Stadium
Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES


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