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Students will brave icy waters for charity

There's still time to sponsor a member of the Super Viks before Saturday's big plunge
by: Photo courtesy of Oregon Special Olympics Members of Forest Grove’s Super Viks again will join thousands of others Saturday on the chilly banks of the Columbia River as part of Polar Plunge 2012.

On Saturday morning, more than two dozen Forest Grove High School students are expected to run across the sand at Portland's Broughton Beach and into the Columbia River, yelling at the top of their lungs as they hit the icy water.

A delayed response to last week's final exams? Nope, just a budding tradition for a good cause.

It's called the Polar Plunge. And even though it sounds a little crazy, this annual event raises much-needed support for Special Olympics Oregon.

FGHS junior Hannah Golladay, who helped organize the students, said this will be at least the third year that a Viking crew will brave the elements and once again more than a thousand other 'plungers' are expected to join them.

Each plunger will have raised a minimum of $50 in pledges from friends and family for the privilege of running into the water.

Those who want to support the high school team can do so online. Go to plungeoregon.com and click on the 'donate' button. Select the Portland Plunge and find the Super Viks in the 'Team Rank' box on the right. After selecting the Super Viks, you can sponsor an individual plunger or the team.

According to Special Olympics Oregon CEO Margaret Hunt, challenging economic times have not dampened people's willingness to give of their time and money.

'These fundraisers, their plungers, volunteers, sponsors, and our wonderful relationship with Oregon law enforcement members through the Law Enforcement Torch Run make all we do possible. We're proud to say that we served all of our athletes statewide by offering them sports training and dozens of local competitions in 2011 and will do it all again in 2012.'

Details

What: Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon

When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11

Where: Broughton Beach in Northeast Portland

More info: www.plungeoregon.com




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