Any team that plays well together has a better chance of winning together. Team-building exercises, pizza parties and road trips are great ways to form bonds between teammates… but it doesn’t have to stop there!
Many coaches within Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) go above and beyond to support the organization through fundraising events like the Polar Plunge – and often encourage the athletes on their respective teams to get involved, as well. Whether a group has been competing together for five years or five months, making a splash and freezin’ for a reason together can create memories that last a lifetime.
“Our athletes can participate in their favorite sports because of the money that we raise through the Polar Plunge,” said Savyna Roufeh, a coach with Team Vegas. “It's a cool event to get to know other people within our Special Olympics community and to meet the people that support and are interested in the organization.”
The Polar Plunge is SONV’s largest fundraising event of the year and encourages participants to raise money (a minimum of $125) in order to take a chilly dip into the water in support of Special Olympics athletes. The family-friendly event, held at numerous locations throughout Nevada, includes festivities, refreshments and plenty more.
“Basically, the Plunge is a big Special Olympics costume party… that’s kind of chilly,” said Roufeh. “It’s a fun time to socialize with athletes and supporters alike. There are games, a costume parade, some really cool raffle prizes, music and good vibes. And did I mention there’s food and adult beverages for those 21+? I mean who doesn’t like to party while they raise money for a great cause.”
Roufeh became involved with the Polar Plunge after hearing about it from other coaches and volunteers and now serves of the Plunge Committee, dedicating her time to help plan and execute the event. Numerous athletes from Team Vegas and other SONV squads participate in the Plunge each year, as well. The Las Vegas NEON Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Caesars Palace. Polar Plunges will also be held at South Lake Tahoe, Elko and Mesquite.
“I recommend other coaches and volunteers register and participate in the Plunge so they can help raise the funds that go into making our program successful and attainable for all special needs athletes in the valley,” said Roufeh. “The money we raise at our Plunge stays local and you've got to be Vegas Strong. Not only will you have a good time doing, but you will feel great because you're contributing to the success of the program this year and bringing athletes, supporters and families together.”
Find a Polar Plunge near you and gather your team to register!