Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 28 – Cool Schools Rally and Polar Plunge
- 10 a.m.: Registration
- 12 p.m.: Rally
- 12:30 p.m.: Parade of Plungers
- 1 p.m.: Plunge
Saturday, Feb. 29 – Triad Chill Polar Plunge
- 10-11:30 a.m.: Registration and Park Opens
- 12 p.m.: Parade of Plungers
- 1 p.m.: Plunge and Dip A Toe
Location: Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe
3910 South Holden Road
Description: The Cool Schools Rally and Polar Plunge on Feb. 28 invites individuals associated with school communities to rally and plunge in promoting inclusion in their academic environments. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® and Special Olympics North Carolina join to rally and plunge for inclusion. Unified Champion Schools bring youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through sports and education to create school communities of acceptance and respect.
Teachers, students, principals and parents are eligible to participate and act as leaders for raising valuable funds and awareness for Special Olympics, giving one more athlete the chance to get involved in the game and reveal their inner champion. The Spread the Word: Inclusion Rally will be hosted by the students of William G. Enloe High School from Wake County and the Cool Schools Polar Plunge will be hosted by the students Grimsley High School from Guilford County.
The Triad Chill Polar Plunge fundraiser on Feb. 29 will have folks in the Triad freezin’ for a reason! In taking the wintry leap into the chilly water at Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro on Saturday, Feb. 29, participants of this regional Polar Plunge will support the mission of Special Olympics North Carolina.
FOX 8 anchor and Special Olympics North Carolina Board member Katie Nordeen will serve as the event emcee. Supporters of Special Olympics North Carolina will participate in the Triad Chill along with students, teachers and staff from schools in the Triad area. Local law enforcement agencies will also brave the icy waters to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the impact of Special Olympics North Carolina in their community.
Friends and fans also are encouraged to come out and watch the Polar Plunge festivities. Walk-up registrations on the day of the event are welcome. Online registration is available now.
The 2020 Triad Chill Polar Plunge is being supported by event sponsors FOX 8, Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe, Happy Rentz, Sheetz, 93.1 The Wolf, Logan’s Roadhouse, DMJ, Mountain Fried Chicken, Clayton Homes and the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.
About Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a program for schools Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.