Take the plunge for the Special Olympics
People will overtake the Duck Pond for a good cause.
The 12th annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Watauga County Special Olympics will be held Feb. 18 at the Duck Pond on Appalachian State University campus.
Registration will start at 3 p.m., and the plungers take to water beginning at 4 p.m.
In previous years, the Polar Plunge has raised more than $85,000 for the Special Olympics. Last year, 252 people jumped in and raised more than $10,000. All of the money raised stays in Watauga to benefit local athletes.
Participants are asked to donate $25. For groups of five or more that register as a group, the suggested donation is $20 per person.
Prizes will be awarded for most extreme costume, male and female, and for the top fundraising group and individual. All participants will receive a Polar Plunge beach towel.
The ASU Police Department, Boone Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff's Office, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Police Department and Watauga County Parks and Recreation sponsor the event.
Anyone interested in taking part or sponsoring a plunger should call Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator, at (828) 264-9511, or any of the sponsoring law enforcement agencies.