Polar Bear Plunge D.C. Comes to CUA

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University Department of Athletics is geared and ready to the host the 2014 Special Olympics District of Columbia Polar Bear Plunge from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 with activities taking place in the DuFour Athletic Center and at Cardinal Stadium.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics D.C., maintain a more inclusive community and disseminating information about the Special Olympics during a fun activity.  Participants plunge in above ground pool of cold water.  In order to participate in the plunge, individuals must raise a minimum of $50.00 to plunge with contributions going directly to Special Olympics D.C.

“Special Olympics D.C. is the sole provider of sports training, competition, and fitness programs for children and adults with intellectual or closely related developmental disabilities in the District of Columbia,” says Mike Bivono, Special Olympics D.C. representative, “1,408 athletes currently participate in 12 year-round sports programs, which are always provided at no cost to the participants or their families.” 

The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the corporate plunge, followed by the high school and university plunges on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Friday, the CUA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the university plunge from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Several Cardinals athletics teams have signed up to participate and raise money for Special Olympics D.C. and for their specific team.

Along with the chilly plunge, there will be music, food, beverages, and indoor game of unified bocce with Special Olympic athletes.  All plungers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital photo of their momentous jump into the pool.  

For more information or register as a participant, visit the official website: www.plungedc.com.

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