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Polar Plunge at Woodlawn on Dec. 1

In an effort to fund the 55,000 athletes statewide, Special Olympics New York will hold its annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. as participants dive into the chilling waters of Woodlawn Beach.

Registration for the event is now open online and participants can create their own Polar Plunge web page for friends, family and co-workers to donate online. Several athletes from the Special Olympicsprogram along with Buffalo Bills player and NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamiellure, will be out for the daring plunge.

Plungers will be able to escape the freezing temperatures in a heated tent with food, raffles and music. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100, which qualifies them to receive an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

The more money a participant raises for Special Olympics New York, the more prizes available to win.

There were 11 plunges statewide in 2011 with a total of 6,000 participants and nearly $1million raised. Buffalo alone raised almost $142,000 with 911 participants.

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. More than 55,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.

For more information, call Amy Neveaux, director of development, Special Olympics New York, at 861-9795, or Capt Steven Nigrelli, committee chair; New York State Troopers at 864-6390

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