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Thousands Expected for 10th Annual North Hempstead Polar to Benefit Special Olympics

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Thousands Expected for 10th Annual North Hempstead Polar to Benefit Special Olympics

North Hempstead, NY –Special Olympics New York and the Town of North Hempstead invite you to join the hundreds of others who will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” on Saturday, March 1, 2014 for the 10th Annual Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

Brave souls with warm hearts will run, jump, and dive into the chilly waters of Hempstead Harbor to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Each winter, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held throughout the country to attract thousands of chilled souls to engage in a commendable and thrilling fundraising event. Last year, more than 6,000 plungers and 15,000 spectators were part of the Plunge Season raising nearly $1 million statewide. All funds support Special Olympics New York’s programs and promote awareness of people living with intellectual disabilities in New York.

“This event has the unique ability to bring hundreds of people together who -- whether they plunge or not -- all have the common goal of supporting the mission of the Special Olympics New York,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.

It’s easy to get involved - simply visit: www.polarplungeNY.org/northhempstead. From there you will be able to form a team, invite your family and friends to join, create your own Personal Plunge Page, and send it out to your contacts – all with a few clicks of the mouse! Registration starts at 10:00am at North Hempstead Beach Park with the plunge taking place at noon.

This Polar Plunge will help to provide year-round sports training and competition in over 22 Olympic-style sports for more than 62,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities living in New York, giving them continuing opportunities at no cost to them or their families.

For more information, please call 311 or (516) 869-6311, or call Kristina Aquilone at the Special Olympics Long Island at (631) 254-1465 ext. 203. Aquilone can also be reached at kaquilone@nyso.org.

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