Register online or on-site to participate in this year’s event.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — In costumes, but without the protection of wet suits, Special Olympics athletes and their supporters on March 23 will jump into the icy waters of Lake Tahoe for the annual South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Northern Nevada and California.
Plungers, which include individuals, companies, law enforcement groups, families and schools, are asked to raise a minimum of $125 to participate. That provides one season of sports instruction and competition for a Special Olympics athlete at no cost to the athlete.
This year, members of the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Marching Band will perform, and plungers will include such celebrities as the Bighorns’ mascot, Bruno, and Amanda Jenkins, Miss Nevada Teen USA. More celebrity plungers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge raises funds that allow local Special Olympics athletes to participate in regional, national and international competitions, all the while promoting acceptance, building bonds of friendship and unity, and creating lifelong memories. The nonprofit organization is supported entirely by events like the Polar Plunge, local businesses and individual gifts, and does not receive any state or federal funding. Corporate sponsors of Special Olympics Nevada include Greater Nevada Credit Union, which is also a corporate sponsor of the Wolf Pack Marching Band.
Register and/or donate to the South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge online at iPolarPlungeNV.com; participants also can register for the event on-site. Costumes are encouraged and the most creative individuals and teams will be lauded at a costume contest.
March 23, 2013 South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge Schedule
10 a.m. Plunge-day registration opens: Complimentary breakfast sponsored by Hard Rock Café, Lake Tahoe
11 a.m. Costume contest
11:30 a.m. Celebrity plunge
Noon – POLAR PLUNGE
1 p.m. – Post-Polar Plunge party
The South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge will take place at Zephyr Cove Marina, 760 U.S. 50, Zephyr Cove. For more information or to register to take the Polar Plunge, visit the website iPolarPlungeNV.com or contact Joyce Whitney-Silva, Greater Nevada Credit Union, 775-886-1329.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.