Today and tomorrow, individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement volunteers and hundreds of community members will take part in the Special Olympics Oregon’s most unique and daring fundraising event – the POLAR PLUNGE!
The Polar Plunge began in 2007 when close to 200 brave souls plunged into the Deschutes River. Since then, nearly 3,500 people have taken the plunge in Bend, Portland, Medford, Eugene and Corvallis. Proceeds from Polar Plunge will go towards supporting the Special Olympics Oregon’s mission to deliver sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in local communities state-wide during the winter, summer and fall sports seasons.
This year the Polar Plunge will take place at the Gleason Boat Ramp at 42nd and Marine Drive. The event is open to the public allow participants must raise a minimum of $50, while spectators watch for free.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is joining the tradition this year, providing medical coverage throughout the event. PF&R’s Fireboat Buss will be out tomorrow at 11:00 am to provide a water display to start the general plunge on February 12th.
Learn more about the event here http://www.soor.org/plunge/. Hope to see you there!
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
February 11, 2011