The Denver Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes took place on March 7, 2021, at Washington Park in Denver. Organizers’ goal this year is to raise $500,000 to help the Special Olympics continue their year-round training programs for their athletes, provide health screenings and continued competitions. In accordance with the City of Denver’s Public Health order, they had limited capacity at the event with time slots. Instead of having a dunk tank, participants had their choice of buckets of cold water, getting sprayed by the super soaker squad, a mystery choice which included a whipped cream pie to the face, powdered sugar, getting doused with sugary soda or “player’s choice.” The spinning of a roulette wheel decided the fates for the participants. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. It supports over 5 million athletes, one million coaches and volunteers and provides 100,000 competitions each year. Sunday’s event also included a 5K road race around Washington Park.
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