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Photo of the Jimmy Floyd Family Center by DALLUS WHITFIELD

Taking a dip into icy water in February isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but it is for a good cause.

The annual Polar Plunge is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center in Lebanon. Proceeds will benefit Wilson County Special Olympics.

During the plunge, participants charge into the outdoor pool at the Floyd Center. They are encouraged to dress in costume. An award will be given to the best individual or team costume.

The top donor will receive a free 1-Year Membership to the Floyd Center.

"We have a couple people who do teams and pool their donations together for one of their plungers," said Assistant Aquatics Director Alex Major. "I would say we typically have between 25 and 30 plungers."

Normally the event is held in January and held in conjunction with the Special Olympics swim meet.

"We elected not to do that this year. It was a little close to Christmas and New Year. Giving them an extra month to raise money, we hope to get more than in years past," Major said.

Participants can expect slightly warmer temperatures this year, as well.

"There was a year where we went out and literally had to carve a path for them. The surface of the water had ice on it," Major said. "We've had a little bit warmer winter. It is about 40 degrees. It will be plenty frigid."

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The Plunge will take place at 9 o'clock on February 4th.

For more information, contact the JFFC at 615-453-4545 ext. 6108. Register online at

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