Freezin for a Reason is the sixth year of the “Polar Plunge” to benefit the Special Olympics Utah. The first plunge, in 2008, featured 60 participants. Last year, 200 took to the frigid waters and raised over $25,000. I am confident those benchmarks were surpassed this year!
The mission of Special Olympics Utah is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition. This endeavor is accomplished in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults.
These individuals with intellectual disabilities have continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts. In addition, it provides the opportunity to develop skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Special Olympics Utah and Utah County law enforcement agencies sponsor this fundraiser event each year. The Saratoga Springs and Lehi police departments joined to host “Freezin for a Reason.” Members of both police departments participated in the event.
My son, Steven, representing IKEA participated in the event and jumped into Pelican Bay Marina at Saratoga Springs. Jill and I just watched… like we’re crazy enough to jump into ice-cold water in the middle of February with every “Tom, Dick, and Harry” watching!
Everyone there had a good time and contributed to a great cause… and we made some interesting new friends in the process. Pics I took of the event are posted below.
Gallery Pics of Polar Bear Plunge – 2014: