This year’s annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey will take place in two Shore locations. The first plunge will commence this Saturday, January 15, at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood. The second will convene at Seaside Heights on February 26. Both events will raise money for the Special Olympics, and every brazen plunger must pledge $100 or more to take the chilly dive.
The Plunges are sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a volunteer initiative of the Law Enforcement community of New Jersey that hopes to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey was ranked number 2 in the world for raising more than $2.6 million in 2010. The event has grown significantly in recent years; in 2010, the Seaside Heights plunge alone drew more than 4,500 participants.
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition in 24 sports for more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, all completely free of charge. If you’re interested in supporting a plunger or taking the plunge yourself (I’m still wondering if I’m brave enough), visit http://www.sonj.org/LawEnforcement/NjPolarPlunge/Home.php for more information and registration forms.