The date for this year’s Polar Plunge has been set and plans are underway.

A Polar Plunge planning meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Western Sizzlin, organizers say.

The Polar Plunge is fundraising event that challenges local individuals and groups to take the plunge into an ice-cold body of water to raise money in support of Special Olympic of Oklahoma athletes, according to SOO Director Jennifer Lightle.

She said each plunge participant gathers pledges from sponsors, and the money raised supports athletes at the Special Olympics games.

Lightle said the plunges are coordinated by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an international charitable organization of law enforcement personnel whose focus is raising both money and awareness for Special Olympics.

In 2013 more than 900 plungers made the Polar Plunges a huge success across the state and more than $230,000 was raised for the 9,800 athletes of Special Olympics Oklahoma, she said.

Lightle said the goal this year is to get at least 50 plungers to raise $10,000 at the McAlester event.

She said the event is open to anyone young and old, only registered plungers will be allowed in the water, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver form if a plunger is under age 18.

“And plungers can wear anything but a wetsuit,” Lightle said.

“Shoes are recommended; costumes are encouraged and remember to bring a towel to dry off!”

This year’s Polar Plunge is set for Feb. 1 at the J.I. Stipe Center, 801 N 9th St.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the plunge will take place 11 a.m.

For more information call 918-481-1234 or visit

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at


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