Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) is encouraging local residents to “Plunge with a Purpose” this season and take an icy dive for charity at the Mesquite Polar Plunge, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort.

The Polar Plunge is a national movement to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics and its athletes. Plungers are asked to raise a minimum of $125 each to participate and take the chilly dive in support of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Registration includes a Polar Plunge long-sleeve T-shirt and festivities such as contests, games, refreshments and awards for top fundraisers and best costumes. Supporters not up to the plunge itself may also raise money as a “chicken” and receive the shirt but stay nice and dry. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.mesquitepolarplunge.com.

All proceeds from the Mesquite Polar Plunge benefit SONV to continue to showcase the capabilities and achievements of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Along with providing free year-round sports and competition programs for more than 3,250 athletes, SONV encourages education through Unified Sports and the Schools Partnership Program; and is committed to improving the health and well-being of athletes through a variety of screenings and programs.

About Special Olympics Nevada

Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education and athlete health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 3,050 athletes who compete in more than 50 competitions in 10 sports annually. Within the Community Sports Program and the Schools Partnership Program, SONV is encouraging the growth of Unified Sports®, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. In addition, SONV impacts more than 35,000 students each year by promoting inclusion on school campuses. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering screenings and services free of charge. SONV relies on the support of 3,445 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations, government and foundations. In 2018, SONV is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Special Olympics. More information may be found by visiting www.sonv.org and following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SONevada.