BRR-RING IT ON for the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 25, 2016      1:05pm            

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service is honoured to host the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics taking place at Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Polar Plunge takes place in several cities across Canada and raises much-needed funds for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario 

“We are a non-profit organization and we want to continue to support athletes and their families by providing quality sports and training programs,” stated Glenn MacDonell, President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario.

Athletes range in age from children, youth to adults who have an intellectual disability. Sports and training programs are only possible through funds raised through initiatives like the Polar Plunge.

“These athletes are my heroes, truly,” said Ottawa Police Inspector John McGetrick. “Their perseverance and dedication to their sport, coupled with their enthusiasm and sportsmanship, makes for a really enjoyable team experience for athletes, as well as their families. 

Plunging begins at 9 a.m.!

Register online, collect donations, and track your fundraising progress.

About Special Olympics Ontario

Special Olympics Ontario is part of a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through transformative power and joy of sports. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.  Special Olympics encourages sports and fun, bringing people together and breaks down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities through a unified sports approach.

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Jasmina Vranesevic

Special Events and Communications, Special Olympics Ontario                                    

Toll Free: 1-888-333-5515 ext. 235                                          


Inspector John McGetrick

Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 2315