Maize to host Polar Plunge

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Flyer for Polar Plunge 2020. It will take place in Mystic Lakes on February 29.

Special Olympics is a year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. One of the biggest events is the summer games held at Maize South High School every year at the start of June.

“Each year we have nearly 2,000 athletes from all over the state of Kansas participate at Summer Games and utilize 2,500 volunteers throughout the weekend.” Mitch Guthrie, Director of Development for Special Olympics, said. “We have a budget of close to $100,000 for Summer Games which includes meals, medals, ribbons, tents and our banquet and dance which is held Saturday night at the Cotillion.”
With such a large budget to run a large event for the community, fundraising is needed to make that budget possible.
“We, as the police department has felt like we should be doing something to raise money to help the Special Olympics,” Officer Jamey Dover said. “The Maize Police Department is helping to organize with the Special Olympics a Polar Plunge that will be held at Mystic Lakes on February 29th.”
There is an opportunity for people to sign up as individuals or teams, the minimum needed to raise is $75 per person to jump in the water. Teams have a chance to dress in costumes and compete against other teams for prizes. There will be prizes for best costume, largest team, most raised and more. There will also be a drawing for cash prizes at a later date, April 1st.
“The special Olympics has set a goal of $10,000 for our city, but I would really like to exceed that to show how much Maize School District and the surrounding areas support our special needs kids.” Officer Dover said.
This is a great opportunity for all to raise money for a good cause as well as have a little fun and competition. Put a team together and come out to support our communities special needs kids.