It’s time. My internship has taken a wild turn for the colder. I spent the entirety of today outside setting up this weekend’s crowning fundraiser, the Polar Plunge.
The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics and all the proceeds go directly to the athletes. This allows for travel expenses, jerseys, food and opportunities that would never be possible for the athletes any other way. In fact, Special Olympics holds runs, fundraisers with the local police, national and international olympic games for the best athletes of each division.
It is amazing to be a part of such an awesome organization, but it is also intimidating. There’s always a push to do better than previously done, to find more donors, more volunteers and more room for expansion. This program is growing more and more every year. In fact, my Polar Plunge raises around $400,000 each year.
There are many ways that people can participate. We have traditional plunging, as a team or singular. You pick a time to jump and you jump! Easy.
Too cold for plunging? That’s fine. You can still be a part of a team as “Too Chicken to Plunge.” (Comes with chicken hats to boot.)
Pewee Plunge is the one I’m in charge of. Kids can jump into a two foot pool of water. Parents get front row seats.
Toss Your Boss/Teacher is for companies will compliant bosses or teachers willing to become a victim of the cold.
Super Plunge is for jumping enthusiasts that want to jump. Over and over and over again.
The list goes on but, can you see how dedicated and incredible this event is?
This is why I am so in awe to see people every year volunteering their time and their body heat to help. This is one of the craziest and most genius events ever. Most of the people I talked to said they volunteer because they know someone who participates in the Special Olympics that has touched them. It’s amazing to know that people with disabilities have a far greater influence than I could ever have.
If you’re wondering if I, the intern, did the Polar Plunge, the answer is in the video. You can catch a glimpse of me at 1:09. Yep.
Are you ready to dive in?