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UPDATE: Polar Plunge raises over $22,000 for Special Olympics Virginia

February 22, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

UPDATE: The 2012 Polar Plunge raised $22,388 for Special Olympics Virginia. More than 220 people registered. Liberty University volleyball raised the most money as a plunge team, contributing $2,286. Read a recap of this year's event and view a photo gallery at

Liberty University Athletics is partnering with Special Olympics Virginia to host the fourth annual Hill City Polar Plunge Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hydaway Lake in Lynchburg, Va., with all profits benefiting Virginia’s Special Olympics athletes.

The festival will begin at 11 a.m. The family-friendly event will feature games, live bands, food and the plunge into the lake, scheduled at 2 p.m.

Organizers expect this year’s festival to be the largest ever, with more than 200 people registered to gather pledges and take the plunge.

“The funds raised through the Hill City Polar Plunge Festival make it possible for the Special Olympics athletes to enjoy the same experiences that many of us have cherished in our own lives,” Director Josh Walker said. “Through this festival, Liberty University has given the Lynchburg community the opportunity to demonstrate their belief in our athletes.”

The festival raised more than $12,000 last year.

The fundraising minimum to participate this year is $50, but there is no cost to attend the festival. Other sponsors of the Hill City Polar Plunge include Cici’s Pizza, Liberty Dining by Sodexo, AT&T and PIP Printing.

There will be prizes given away during the day, including a new smartphone from AT&T and tickets to various events at Liberty University. Buses will be taking students from the Tilley Student Center to Hydaway Lake.

For more information on the event, visit the Polar Plunge website or contact Haley Collins at

  • The Special Olympics of Virginia serves more than 10,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 30 area programs, including the Piedmont Region, which serves Lynchburg and surrounding areas. The organization hosts over 2,000 events every year, including seven statewide competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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