The Belfast Trojans have joined forces with Special Olympics Ulster to call on people to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December.
The American Football team was on-hand this week to help launch the Special Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge fundraiser, which takes place at the Belfast Marina behind the SSE Arena on Saturday December 12. This unique event will challenge supporters to jump into the icy waters of Belfast Harbour whilst raising money for local Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympic Ulster athletes were present at the launch to cheer on the brave plungers as they leapt into Belfast Harbour; Carole Catling, who won two gold medals in at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in LA this summer; Josh McGuigan and Sean McNearney from All Stars Special Olympics Club. Laganside Rescue team provided a watchful eye over the athletes and plungers as the plunge got underway.
It is hoped the event will raise thousands of pounds to support local Special Olympics athletes. Separate plunges are also taking place at locations around the country on December 12th as part of a fundraising drive to support the sports charity organisation, which recently sent 88 athletes to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Special Olympics Ulster provides sporting opportunities for 2,043 athletes with an intellectual disability in 84 clubs across the region.
Those interested in signing up for the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs £15 and plungers are asked to raise an additional £35 which goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities through sport and competition. Plungers who raise more than £50 will also receive a complimentary ‘Ice Cool’ Polar Plunge t-shirt.