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Special Olympics Hawai‘i asks residents to chill out

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Plan for a visit from the Pineapple Express this March as temperatures and Special Olympics Hawai‘i supporters take a dip on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Registration is now open for this year's Sixth Annual Polar Plunge sponsored by Aloha Air Cargo, which will raise funds for Special Olympics Hawai‘i. The event asks participants to raise a minimum of $100 by the day of the event to take the “Polar Plunge” and slide 80 feet down the island's largest inflatable water slide into a pool of ice water. This year's event will take place at Waterfront Plaza on the lawn fronting Ala Moana Boulevard.

“We are honored to support Special Olympics Hawai‘i as Gold Medal sponsors for this year's Polar Plunge,” said Michael Orozco, director of sales and marketing at Aloha Air Cargo. “We are huge fans of all Special Olympics athletes and want to do our part to help them succeed and realize their dreams through the spirit of friendly competition.”

This year's Polar Plunge will include new activities including games, a water balloon toss, mini plunge, a visit by Brr the Bear, keiki arts and crafts and more. Spectators and supporters from the community are welcome to take part in the festivities to cheer on the plungers and enjoy a fun filled day with Special Olympics Hawai'i.

Students from elementary through college are welcome to participate in the Cool Schools Challenge and raise funds with their classmates to represent their respective schools.

Extra-daring participants can also register as a “Super Plunger” and taking the plunge 12 times during Special Olympic Hawai‘i's Super Plunge! “Super Plungers” must pledge to raise a minimum of $1,000 and will receive a special prize package that includes a professional massage, and meals throughout the day. The Super Plunge begins at 6 a.m. on March 28 and will conclude at 6 p.m.

Special Olympics Hawai‘i supporters who would rather stay dry during the event can opt for a “Too Chicken to Plunge” status and raise funds, receive prize incentives and enjoy a view of the day's festivities from the safety of the “chicken coop.” Team participants this year also enjoy some special benefits. Any team that raises more than $1,000 will receive a customized Plunge t-shirt with their company or group's name on it.

Awards will be given to the Polar Plunging individuals and teams who raise the most funds. Participants can earn a Plunge t-shirt, a Special Olympics Hawai'i backpack, Fifty/Fifty water bottle or large plush blanket through their fundraising efforts. The Cool Schools Challenge plunge begins at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Plaza's makai lawn along Ala Moana Boulevard. Individual and team plunging begins at 10 a.m.

Special Olympics Hawai‘i provides year-round sports programs for athletes free of charge. All funds raised through the Polar Plunge will directly support the programs and cover the costs of facility rentals, equipment, food, lodging, and transportation at the State Games held three times a year.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawai‘i's Polar Plunge or to sign up, please contact 808-695-3524 or visit their webpage, here.

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