Mayor Chris Beutler and Urban Development Director Dave Landis will join a team from the Parks and Recreation Department to participate in Saturday's Polar Plunge, an annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics Nebraska. Teams will jump into Holmes Lake starting at 11 a.m. to support the 4,000 athletes who compete in Special Olympics across the State.
"Hosting the Special Olympics USA National Games last summer was a great honor and a great experience for Lincoln," Mayor Beutler said. " The Polar Plunge is one of the ways we can keep that spirit alive in Lincoln and throughout the State."
The Mayor encouraged the public to attend the event and cheer on the teams. Donations will be accepted at the event and can be made online at www.sone.org.
The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics team. It's the largest Special Olympics team in the City with about 160 athletes. Several team members have graduated from the Special Olympics Nebraska/Gallup University Athlete Leadership Program and serve as Athlete Ambassadors. Parks and Recreation also sponsors a Youth Athletes Program for children between the ages of two and seven.
This will be the fourth year, the Parks and Recreation team is participating in the Polar Plunge. Its theme this year is "
Grease Greece is the Word" in honor of the Special Olympics World Games in Athens this summer. A member of the Shooting Stars team, Anne Youngscap, will participate in aquatics in the World Games. For the Polar Plunge, team members will be dressed in togas and 1950s attire. The team has won the award for the Most Original Team Theme the past two years.