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Plunge into Tahoe for a good cause
by Tribune Staff
Feb 08, 2012 | 461 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Teams of super heroes, penguins, pirates and other characters jumped into Lake Tahoe last winter, and on March 17, they’ll do it again.

Residents are invited to join them as Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada co-host Polar Plunge 2012 at Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe. The event is open to all and will include entertainment, a costume contest and prizes, as well as Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers who will share their experiences with the organization’s inspiring programs.

The Plunge is a national event held across the United States and supported locally by many law enforcement officers, businesses and individuals who are dedicated to helping special athletes get the training, equipment and other items needed to compete in the free, year-round programs.

The 2012 event program also includes a Cool School Challenge and a North Shore plunge.

“The Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge is the grand-daddy of all the plunges in this region,” said Maggie Schwarz, regional vice president of Special Olympics in Nevada. “Stick in your big toe or go ‘whole hog’ … it’s fun for all, and plungers share a memorable experience with friends, family and co-workers while giving back. Think of it this way, the Special Olympics’ athletes demonstrate their bravery in everything they do, every day of their lives. All we need to do is be half that courageous by getting a little wet.”

Registration for the plunge is open to the public, and participants raise funds by getting sponsors to support them. For more information, visit or call Joyce Whitney-Silva at 886-1329.
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