Polar Bear Plunge activities to take place on Sunday

REHOBOTH BEACH — This year’s Special Olympics Delaware Lewes Polar Bear Plunge is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. with pre-Plunge activities set for today.

The Plunge, celebrating its 26th year, began in 1992 when 78 plungers raised $7,000. Last year, 3,501 Bears raised more than $820,000. Since its inception, the Plunge has raised more than $9.1 million.

“Our polar bears continue to support this fabulous event year after year,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “And they also continue to recruit their friends to join them. This event truly is family-friendly, and the perfect way to give back to the community and support such a worthy cause.”

At the Plunge on Sunday, thousands of Bears will take the chilly dip into the Atlantic Ocean, raising money for Special Olympics Delaware’s year-round program of sports training, athletic competition and related programs for over 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Today’s activities include a sand sculpting demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on beach south of Rehoboth Avenue; a Fire & Ice event featuring ice cream and wing samples at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department from noon 3 p.m.; a 5K Run to the Plunge at 1 p.m.; and a Restaurant Chili Tasting contest  from 2:30 to 5 p.m.).

In addition, restaurants and retailers throughout the Rehoboth Beach area provide registered “Bears” with special discounts and activities throughout the weekend.

More information on the Plunge and all weekend events can be found at www.plungeDE.org.

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