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2014 Polar Plunge at JFCC / Dallas Whitfield photo

Polar Plunge set Saturday, Jan. 17 --
Talk about a "cool" fund-raising event. The 14th annual Lebanon Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 in the icy waters of the outdoor pool at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

In a nutshell, "plungers" collect pledges from friends and family with proceeds benefiting over 300 Wilson County Special Olympic athletes.

The "plunger" with the most donations receives a one-year individual membership to the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

A minimum donation of $10 is required to take part in the chilly event. Participants with $50 in donations turned in by Saturday, Jan. 10 will receive a Polar Plunge t-shirt.

Participants with $100 in donations will receive a t-shirt, their choice of Special Olympic swag and an opportunity to win a 30-day pass to the JFFC.

"The Polar Plunge is our biggest annual fund-raiser and it provides for our program throughout the year," said Melody Engle, Community Outreach Director for Wilson County Special Olympics.

"Plungers" are urged to wear a costume with prizes awarded for the best getup.

Locker rooms will be available for changing with coffee and hot chocolate offered to all registrants.

On-site registration begins promptly at 8 a.m. Costume judging will commence at 8:45 a.m. followed by the actual plunge at 9 a.m.

Registration forms are available at the JFCC or by forwarding an email to Cindy Baker at

Online registration is available at

For more information, call 615-453-4545, ext. 6108.

Regional Special Olympics swim meet
Immediately following the Polar Plunge, action will shift to the much warmer waters of the JFFC indoor pool as Special Olympians from across the state will participate in the first regional meet of the season.

No admission will be charged and all "Polar Plunge" participants will be recognized prior to the start of the actual competition.

Lebanon's Chick-fil-A will provide lunch for Special Olympic athletes participating in the regional meet.

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