NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Texas Special Olympics serves over 53,000 athletes statewide. The largest region in the state is right here in East Texas.
Your participation is needed in a unique and fun way to raise money for the cause.
A dip in the Gulf and trips to waterparks rarely happen in January, unless you're going to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
East Texas Special Olympics is hosting its first polar plunge on January 23, courtesy of Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Nacogdoches.
"Well the way it works, people can sign up as a team or they can sign up as an individual," said Anthony Key, the East Texas Special Olympics director. "We have an online registration process."
All the money raised stays here in the Special Olympics East Texas area which stretches across 18 counties.
"From Angelina County up to Van Zandt County over to Marion County and down the state line, so geographically we are one of the larger areas across the state," Key said.
It's a huge obligation serving around 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities and sometimes physically challenged athletes. Ten different sporting competitions are offered, with a new component beginning this year.
"Which is a nutrition component, trying to instill in our athletes the importance of a good nutrition, portion sizes, meal content," Key said.
All the Special Olympics programs prove with proper instruction, lots of practice, and willpower so much can be accomplished.
The latter, willpower, will be needed for everyone taking next week's polar plunge.
Here's the information if you'd like to join the Polar Plunge. It's is set for Saturday, January 23rd at 10 a.m. in Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Nacogdoches.
For more information on the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, click this link.