Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

Tribune Chronicle

BAZETTA — The 12th annual Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge is set for Jan. 20 and will benefit Special Olympics Ohio.

The event encourages people to do some ”Freezin’ for a Reason.” Participants will take a chilly dip in the reservoir to raise money for Special Olympics.

Kate Burdett, director of marketing for Special Olympics Ohio, said for their Polar Plunge experience, participants raise money to earn the privilege of jumping into the frigid waters of Mosquito Creek Reservoir.

First Plungers are encouraged to enter the annual Polar Plunge costume contest, in which prizes are awarded for creativity and overall wackiness, she said.

The Post-Plunge Party will be held at the Cortland Moose Family Center, 6400 state Route 46, and will feature awards for top fundraising teams and individuals, as well as food and beverages for participants and paid guests. The day’s events include costume contest at 1 p.m., the plunge at 1:30 p.m. and party and awards 2 to 4 p.m.

Anyone afraid to jump into the water is invited to register as Too Chicken to Plunge. Chickens are awarded a T-shirt and official permission not to plunge.

The Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge is a family-friendly event and spectators are welcome to come and watch.

For information on and to register for the Polar Plunge, visit MosquitoLakePolarPlunge.org.

The plunge is presented by Special Olympics Ohio, the Ohio State Moose Association and the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 26,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For information on the program, contact Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050 or go to SOOH.org.