Polar plunge to help Special Olympics


By Laura Browne - Special to the News



Surry Central High School Students hold hands as they leap into the freezing water.


Corey Scearce takes a brisk dive at a past Polar Plunge.


Though it’s still winter, Home Place Recreational Park will be preparing its pool quite early this year as area people prepare to jump in with both feet for a good cause.

On Feb. 11 at 12 p.m., Surry County Parks and Recreation will be hosting its sixth annual Polar Plunge at Home Place to benefit participants of the Special Olympics.

According to Chrystal Whitt, administrative assistant at the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department, the event gives brave participants the opportunity to show their support for the Special Olympics by jumping into the cold pool in the middle of the winter.

Additionally, participants and spectators of the event alike are invited to donate to this year’s Special Olympics. “Anything helps, whether it’s one, ten, or $100, all donations are accepted,” says Whitt.

Those wishing to show their support, but not quite brave enough to take the brisk plunge, have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts for $20 that proclaim “I’m Too Chicken to Plunge.”

Whitt states that 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to support the Special Olympics’ athletes by providing them with athletic clothing, uniforms, and equipment.

In the past, Surry County’s Polar Plunges have been well attended, raising anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000 for the athletic opportunity of special athletes, Whitt said.

According to Whitt, the Parks and Recreation Department is grateful for the support of Home Place and the students and staff of local schools, especially Surry Central High School, which will be hosting the Special Olympics this year.

For information on this year’s Polar Plunge, or on how to donate, call the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department at (336) 401-8235.

Surry Central High School Students hold hands as they leap into the freezing water.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_12646730_904230289690831_3876390800517596194_o-1-.jpgSurry Central High School Students hold hands as they leap into the freezing water.

Corey Scearce takes a brisk dive at a past Polar Plunge.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_100_6478-1-.jpgCorey Scearce takes a brisk dive at a past Polar Plunge.

By Laura Browne

Special to the News

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