From Smith and Nelson on KYSS-FM:

There's been a ton of activities that have gone virtual this year because COVID-19 has been a major Debbie Downer to anything that resembles an event or gathering. One organization that has taken to cyberspace to help them raise funds this year is Special Olympics Montana.

Their fundraisers take some serious dedication as participants have to commit to performing their own virtual polar plunge! There's multiple events throughout Montana that have been running since November and will continue through February of 2021. I don't know how I missed it but the Missoula event was earlier in December.

I received an email about the upcoming Flathead Rez Polar Plunge - it's the event for Special Olympics that is put on for Polson area participants. Although, since it's all virtual this year, it makes it easy for anyone to participate and donate. Are you ready to plunge, raise funds, and raise awareness for Special Olympics by creating your own Virtual Plunge video?


Here's all the details from a Special Olympics Montana press release:

Polar Plunge is going virtual! This year the Flathead Rez Polar Plunge is going virtual! You can take the Virtual Plunge whenever and however you like! Creativity is key. Whether you’re dipping into an ice-cold bath or having a wintery garden hose battle, the opportunities are endless! Make sure to take a photo or video and share your Virtual Plunge with us for a chance to win most creative plunge. A compilation of videos will be aired on Polar Plunge Montana’s Facebook page on January 9th. Join us for FUN and a chance to raise funds to benefit our local Special Olympics Athletes, many of whom will be participating in the virtual plunge as well. This year get Freezin' for Reason for the athletes of Special Olympics Montana!

• To register or for more information go to; http://www.somt.org/plunge

• Spread awareness and show your support for Special Olympics Montana athletes by participating in the virtual plunge. Let’s unite as a community behind inclusion for all! Donations are encouraged and appreciated.

• Flathead Rez Virtual Polar Plunge to air January 9, 2021 on http://www.facebook.com/plungemt

More than 3,000 athletes from 65 Montana communities participate in local, area and state sports competitions that train athletes for life and build communities of acceptance, respect and inclusion. As a volunteer-driven movement, nearly 4,000 Montanans help organize and host local, area and state level competitions and other program services. As a year-round program, there is no off season.

As a 501 (c)3 charitable nonprofit organization, Special Olympics Montana is funded primarily through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses across the state. Public support is the cornerstone of our existence. Please join us for this FUN event and help provide opportunities for our local champions! For more information call Vickie Donisthorpe at 406-315-4215 or go to www.somt.org/plunge.


Learn more about Special Olympics Montana and their Polar Plunges HERE.

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