The Plunge in Place virtual fundraising event raised nearly $125,000 in support of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Jan. 1 – Feb. 26. Registered participants celebrated the success of the event at the Live Plunge Celebration, hosted by SONC on Feb. 27.
The celebration featured some of the best Plunge videos submitted from across the state and awarded prizes to top fundraisers. In addition to fundraising incentives provided to Plunge participants, awards were given to winners of the following contest categories: Best Costume, Best Student, Most Creative, Best SONC Athlete Plunge, Best North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (NC LETR) Plunge and Highest Fundraiser.
Plunge in Place contests winners are listed below:
- Best Costume: Damian Dondero, Team H2OBX Waterpark of Powells Point, N.C.
- Best Student Plunge: Bri Simerman, Team Smithfield Selma Sr. High School – Spartans
- Most Creative: Kylen Tishner, Team Raleigh Swimming Association
- Best SONC Athlete Plunge: Team Lake Norman
- Best NC LETR Plunge: Captain Joey Best, Team Apex Police Department
- Highest Fundraiser: David Caldwell, Team Wilkes County
Donations can still be made throughout March toward the Plunge in Place to help reach the overall fundraising goal.
Traditionally, Polar Plunges take place across the state in lakes, pools and even the ocean to benefit SONC. This year, due to the pandemic, the Plunge in Place campaign encouraged participants to take the Plunge however they chose: into a pool, an ice bath, the ocean, using a frigid bottle of water or running through sprinklers. Regardless of the chosen Plunge method, all funds raised will directly benefit Special Olympics athletes continuing to train and achieve sports goals virtually and at home in their communities.
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 20 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