Take a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

If you’ve ever thrown yourself into a body of frigid water in support of Special Olympics Ontario (SOO), you already know you’re Freezin’ for a Reason.

York Regional Police (YRP) is hosting its annual Polar Plunge in support of SOO on Thursday, March 24 and invites you and other plungers to take part and/or cheer on participants.

“The pandemic has created challenges for the athletes who are looking forward to a safe return to their sports and training programs,” says Const. Laura Nicolle. “More than ever, support from the community is crucial in keeping SOO running smoothly.”

Over the past 50 years, Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

The YRP Polar takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the YRP Association building at 63 Eric T. Smith Way, Aurora. Registration is at 6 p.m. To take the plunge, register at https://polarplunge.ca/ or register on site. All are welcome to plunge.

YRP is a long-time supporter of SOO. It has hosted SOO Games in 2000 and 2013. For more than 20 years, it has taken part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, dubbed the Rob Plunkett Torch Run after a fallen member. For more information or to donate, visit https://polarplunge.ca/. For more information about SOO, visit specialolympicsontario.com and torchrunontario.com.

York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween takes part in last year’s Polar Plunge in a screenshot from www.facebook.com/OfficialYRP/videos/756352301674940/.

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