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[File Photo] Supporters of the 2015 Polar Plunge run into Lake Wilhelmina in freezing temps to help raise funds for Arkansas Special Olympics.

Polar Plunge 2017 set for Saturday

BY MELANIE BUCK –

The 2017 Polar Plunge is set for this Saturday, February 25th, at Janssen Park. Organizers noted that event times are different this year, with registration being held at 9:30 a.m., and the plunge taking place at 10 a.m.

The Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Arkansas to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently, more than 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports. Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, powerlifting, and other sports at the local, regional, state, and international levels.

This is the first year for the event to take place at Janssen Park. A special pool will be set up for the event. To register, contact Special Olympics Area 14 Director, Elizabeth Thompkins at 870-784-3822.

Or go online to www.firstgiving.com/SOAR

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