Bowie High School conquered yet another “Cool Schools Polar Bear Plunge” at the Frigid Friday plunge on January 25 at Sandy Point State Park. We had over 70 team members join the “Bowie Brrrrdogs” and we raised $6,000.00 for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). Compared to last year, the weather was exactly what a Polar Bear Plunge should be, COLD. Air temperature was below freezing, water had skirts of ice in it and there was a threat of snow.
We started off with a few repeat plungers from last year. It wasn’t until mid January before we had more students interested. Must be that is how they work, but they did come through with a lot of donations and their energy level was off the charts.
There were over a thousand students from across the state in attendance. Right away some of the schools had to depart early becuase of the threat of snow and schools would be closing. They plunged at 11AM. Since Bowie was there with excused absences, we hung around until the official 12 noon plunge.
Our team consisted of members of the Bowie High School swim, baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and cross-country teams. There we kids from the debate club, Best Buddies and the Student Council. These kids showed what it was to be dedicated to their school and to their community.
These kids, and others, can continue to support Special Olympics throughout the year. They can support Special Olympics by joining up as Unified Partners. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.
Special Olympic sports are offered free of charge to the athletes so all funds come from donations. The Maryland State Police (MSP) Polar Bear plunge raises millions of dollars each year to help fund these sporting events for the athletes.
For more information about the Special Olympics in Maryland, please go to http://www.somd.org/. It is also every state and in almost every country. Here is where you can find other athletes dedicating themselves to what we will never achieve, perfection. “Let me win and if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Our next big event is the Inspiration Walk. We will be raising money for the Prince George’s Special Olympics with a fun run and walk at the University of Maryland campus on April 13 at 10AM. For more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org