Support the local Special Olympics athletes by crawling, walking or running through the frigid Missouri winter waters at this year’s Polar Bear Plunge in Branson, Saturday, February 14 at Table Rock Lake.
Although this event is still several weeks off, you’ll need lots of time to gather your courage to make the icy plunge (and to raise funds, of course).
The Branson Polar Bear Plunge 2015 is hosted by the Springfield Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D and invites locals to come out and support athletes with special needs.
According to the Special Olympics Missouri website, St. Charles police officer and father of special needs athlete, Michael Myers said that unfortunately, many people with intellectual disabilities go all day without being spoken to at all, but involvement in the Special Olympics provides them with an outlet in which they can build meaningful relationships.
Obviously, the Polar Bear Plunge is a lot more than just grabbing a group of friends or family and romping through some cold water at Table Rock Lake. So if you’re considering participating in the Branson event, check out www.somokintera.org for more details, registration and volunteer information.
As is with any aquatic event, safety is vitally important, especially for any non swimmers. According to non profit organization Note & Float, dedicated to preventing drowning at aquatic facilities throughout the country, “drowning continues to be a leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-14.” While several safety precautions will be taken at the Polar Bear Plunge including lifeguards, warming mechanisms and planned emergency procedures, consider bringing a life jacket for younger participants or non swimmers.