Polar Plungers wanted to jump into Olson Lake

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Register online and create your own fund-raising web page at www.soill.org

Have you ever been told to go jump in a lake? Now is the time to do it. Jump into the waters of Olson Lake Saturday, March 3, to support Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern/Area 1 which serves nine counties. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will take place at noon at Rock Cut State Park in Rockford, with a post-plunge party immediately following.

Join Andy Gannon and Aaron Wilson from WIFR/Channel 23, along with members of the community including coaches and athletes from Rockford College and members of the law enforcement community—all willing to be “freezing for a reason” to support the local Special Olympics athletes. Plungers can register online at www.soill.org and create their own plunge page. Last-minute plungers can register at 11 a.m. at Olson Lake March 3.

All Polar plungers are required to collect a minimum of $75 in donations. Every plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt and lunch following the plunge. People are encouraged to go in costume. Prizes will be given in various categories, including best costume. There are incentive items for raising more than $75 and three grand prizes including a trip to Mexico from Apple Vacations. The after-plunge party will be in a heated tent at Rock Cut State Park. See more information on the web site www.soill.org. For additional information, contact Special Olympics Area Director Debbie Kelly at 815-965-3795.

This is one of 17 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges for Special Olympics Illinois happening around the state between Feb. 23 and March 4. Statewide sponsors are Six Flags Great America and their Hurricane Harbor. Rockford plunge sponsors are National Van Lines, WIFR Channel 23 and WROK NewsTalk 1440.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. This intrastate relay and its various fund-raising projects have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June. Special Olympics Illinois is a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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