WASHINGTON, D.C. - Once again, the Catholic University athletics department is hosting the Special Olympics D.C., Polar Plunge which will take place inside Cardinal Stadium on Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. It is a quick dip that makes a big impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
This year's event features a Battle of the Colleges where all of SODC's student-led Special Olympics Colleges are able to compete against each other to see who can raise the most money and register the most students to get freezin' for a reason.
"We decided to open the plunge to all of our Special Olympics College affiliates to start a fundraising battle and hopefully drive up donations as well as spread awareness of their involvement with SODC and our mission both on their campus and to the community overall," said Aimee Craig, Manager of Youth Initiatives for Special Olympics D.C. "For the longest time, it has just been a plunge with Catholic University students, but now we have American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Trinity University (D.C.) as part of our Special Olympic College groups which is super exciting."
The Polar Plunge is a very cool way for local colleges to come out and show their support for the mission of Special Olympics D.C. Take the plunge in an above-ground swimming pool erected inside Cardinal Stadium.
There will be prizes for the top fundraising college, best fans in the stands, highest individual fundraiser and largest team.
Over the last two years, the Catholic University athletics department has raised $55,016 for Special Olympics D.C., including $31,199 in 2017 and $23,817 last year.
You can sign up online at CUApolarplunge.org and set up your personal plunge page and create a team. Registrants must raise a minimum of $50 to be able to take the plunge.
Special Olympics D.C., is the sole provider of sports, health and inclusion programs that benefit over 1,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the district. These services are provided at no cost to participants.
SODC's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.