“Freezin’ For A Reason”


Special Olympics New York, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board would like to remind you to join the hundreds of others who will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” on Saturday, March 5, for the 12th Annual Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

Brave souls with warm hearts will run, jump and dive into the chilly waters of Hempstead Harbor to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the plunge at noon. Those not looking to take the plunge can join the “Chicken Coop,” which allows people to help raise money without taking the plunge.

Each winter, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held throughout the country to attract thousands of thrill-seekers to engage in a worthy and exhilarating fundraising event. Last year, more than 6,000 plungers and 15,000 spectators were part of the Plunge Season raising nearly $1 million statewide, with more than 600 taking part in the event at North Hempstead Beach Park. All funds support Special Olympics New York’s programs and promote awareness of people living with intellectual disabilities in New York.

“It is always such an honor to host an event that helps provide such critical services and programs to our wonderful Special Olympic Athletes,” said Bosworth. “This year’s Polar Plunge is poised to be the best yet and I am excited for the ‘Chicken Coop’ which even allows non-plungers to get in on all the fun!”

It’s easy to get involved. Visit www.polarplungeNY.org/northhempstead. From there you will be able to form a team, invite your family and friends to join, create your own Personal Plunge Page and send it out to your contacts—all with a few clicks of the mouse.

This Polar Plunge will help to provide year-round sports training and competition in over 22 Olympic-style sports for more than 65,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities living in New York, giving them continuing opportunities at no cost to them or their families.

For more information, call 311 or 516-869-6311, or call Rebecca Strickland at the Special Olympics Long Island at 631-254-1465, ext. 203. Rebecca can also be reached at rstrickland@nyso.org.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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