REGISTER NOW TO MAKE A SPLASH FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Monroe Police Department and Special Olympics Connecticut would like to invite you to run, jump, or dive into Great Hollow Lake on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Let’s make this year’s 8th Annual “Plunge at the Park” a great success!  All who are 8 and over are invited to take the plunge to support local Special Olympics athletes. Participants are welcome to wear a costume, team jersey, or bathing suit; towels and water shoes are recommended. Event t-shirts will be provided to all participants. Those who are underage or do not wish to brave the icy waters of a New England lake can show their support by purchasing an "I'm a Chicken" t-shirt. A minimum donation of $50 per plunger and signed waiver form are required of each participant. (If a plunger is under 18, a parent or guardian’s signature is also required.) Spectators are always welcome to watch our participants conquer their fears!

Last year we welcomed over 135 enthusiastic and loyal “penguins” who dared to plunge into the frigid water of Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park to demonstrate support for our family, friends, and neighbors with intellectual disabilities. Because of your generosity, the 2017 event raised $43,500 for Special Olympics. This year, local law enforcement, firefighters, divers and town officials will again provide volunteer assistance to make this event possible. Footage from last year’s event can be seen on the "Monroe Plunge Connecticut" Facebook page and in this video. CLICK HERE

Preregister online HERE as an individual or as part of a team with friends, relatives, colleagues, or classmates. To request a registration packet or find out more information, contact Jeffrey Veneziano of Special Olympics Connecticut at 203-230-1201, ext. 275 or via email at Jeffreyv@soct.org. Be sure to become a fan on Facebook under “Monroe Plunge Connecticut” to get current updates and learn more about our fun activities!

Check-in on the day of the event will begin at 11:00 am and the plunge will take place promptly at 1:00 pm. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, but same day registrants are also welcome.

Sponsors who would like to make a donation of $250 or more will be recognized on the back of the t-shirt. Additional donations such as food, beverages, and prizes are also being sought for the event. If you would like to help, you may contact Sgt. Peter Howard, Monroe Police Department at 203-261-3622 or at phoward@monroectpolice.com.

For more than 20 years, the Monroe Police Department has partnered with Special Olympics by taking part in events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Tip-A-Cop to raise donations. The money raised helps provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These donations provide on-going opportunities for Connecticut athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of friendship with their families, fellow Special Olympics athletes, and the community. In Connecticut, 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their partners (without intellectual disabilities) participated in more than 50 competitions that are held annually. To learn more about Special Olympics, visit www.soct.org or call (203) 230-1201.

Check out some pictures from last year's Plunge below!