What to do this Winter to Stay Healthy

They say that cold water therapy will boost your immune system. If you are looking to ward off colds and flu this winter we have a monthly cold water therapy for you. A plunge plunge-photointo the frosty waters of New England. Whether it’s a lake, the ocean or a pool, Special Olympics Massachusetts can offer you a place to plunge every month for the next three months and all for a great cause, to raise money for year-round training for our athletes. Good return on investment. A healthy immune system for you and funding a Special Olympics athlete to play soccer in the fall, bowling in the winter and track and field in the summer!

The fun began Jan. 22 at Tabor Academy in Marion MA. The students and community gathered at Silvershell Beach in Marion  for the Tabor Academy Polar Plunge  and post plunge party to celebrate your frosty accomplishment. The 100 plungers raised over $12,500! There is still time to support any of the brave souls who entered the water that day.

In February you will have another chance to boost your immune system with Plunges in Natick on Saturday, February 11 and Sharon on Saturday, February 25. Those plunging in Natick will be diving into the frigid waters of Lake Cochichuate at noon. With registration opening at 9:00 you will have time to gobble down a bagel or two before you jump in the water. This Special Olympics Massachusetts Passion Plunge, run by the Natick AMVETS Post 79, has raised thousands in the fourteen years since it’s inception and they plan to add much more to the total this year. If you’re looking for another boost at the end of February come jump into Lake Massapoag in Sharon on the 25th at the LETR Sharon Polar Plunge at 11:00am. Quite a wake-up call. Registration starts at 9:00am and plunging will go from 12:00-2:00 pm. For a nominal fundraising requirement of $100 you will be healthier and your dollars will fund athletic training and competition for an athlete for one season. Both of these events are part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run Program (LETR) program. The LETR is a year-round fundraising and awareness building program, designed to allow members of the law enforcement community the opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes who live, work and compete in their local communities.

There are a variety options for plunging in March – so mark your calendars. At the start of the month Saturday, March 4, 2017 you have the option to jump into the frigid ocean waters of Revere or Nantasket beaches, or maybe a not so frigid plunge pool (don’t be fooled we still use cold water) in Marlboro at the Special Olympics Massachusetts Yawkey Sports Training Center’s LETR Marlboro Plunge. All three plunges offer registration starting at 9:00 with plunging at 12:00 at the Revere Polar Plunge and the Nantasket Polar Plunge, and plunging from 11:00-2:00 in Marlboro. They will feature pre- and post-plunging music, food, prizes and giveaways. Plus most importantly heated facilities to warm your toes. With winter coming to an end your last immune boost will be to jump into the ice waters on Saturday, March 25 in New Bedford at the LETR New Bedford Polar Plunge. Following the same routine as the other March events, registration at 9:00, plunging at 12:00 and lots of fun to be had before and after with music, food, awards and more. For a simple fundraising effort of $100 per plunge you will be reaping the benefits of a healthy body and helping Special Olympics athletes across Massachusetts maintain a healthy lifestyle themselves.

Come on out this winter season and join us as a Below Zero Hero and take the plunge. Whether it’s once or seven times, whether you’re a plunger or supporting a plunger, we would love to see you. Because Special Olympics Massachusetts offers year round sports training to athletes with intellectual disabilities at no cost we can’t do it without you. Follow the links in the article to register for the Plunge near you.

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