Despite new restrictions due to COVID-19, the 11th annual Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason” at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai will happen. The vent is scheduled for Saturday, November 21 and will raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New York athletes in the Long Island region.
Last year, more than 800 people braved the chilly water of the Long Island Sound to raise over $152,000 for the Special Olympics.
According to a Town of Brookhaven statement, this year, all Polar Plungers must comply with CDC social distancing guidelines and New York State Executive Orders to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There will be limited capacity and masks must be worn by all participants. Online registration for the Polar Plunge is required prior to the event and there will be no on-site registration.
“There’s always a large and enthusiastic turnout for the Polar Plunge and although it will be different this year, I expect a big crowd,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 170 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers and are never charged to participate. It costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season.
Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman said that the polar plunge is a valuable fundraiser for the organization.
“They’re an excellent opportunity for people from all over the community to come together and support our athletes,” she said. “If you join us, you’ll see why so many people return year after year.”
To register for this year's polar plunge click here.