Subject: [VSC 118] 2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Worthy Sirs and Catholic Gentlemen,
As you know, the Knights of Columbus have been very strong proponents of Special Olympics. During the Fall Games in Virginia Beach and the Summer Games in Richmond, the Knights are abound, providing support in a myriad of ways. Add in the time and talents that are provided in local / regional events, KOVAR, VKCCI, and various board memberships, Knights live out the call of charity to God’s special children. If you recall from the regional training sessions and at the Autumn Quarterly meeting, we talked about the five Special Olympic Polar Plunges which will occur this fraternal year. While not trying to downplay the Solar Plunge which will occur during the Summer Games, the NOVA and New River Plunges which will occur in February, and the Charlottesville Plunge which will occur in December, I want to focus on the largest and the craziest Plunge of them in Virginia Beach.
While the main event is the plunge (which is usually around 2pm Saturday), there are other activities going on as well. For those who are runners, there is the SunTrust Dash & Splash, consisting of a four-mile (9:30am) and one-mile (11am) run in the morning. Over the last few years, we have several Knights who have competed in the run and some who have placed. The plunge marketplace is always jumping with live music; however, I have never ventured into the marketplace since I could hear the music while walking on the boardwalk or in the hospitality room; however, I am going to make an effort this year, as there are local artisans who were showing off their work at the marketplace. Maybe I can get ahead on some Mother’s Day presents this year.
One of my favorite activities to witness (not participate) is the annual costume parade, this year sponsored by TJ Maxx. One year, a couple of the local colleges dressed up as the Monopoly game. This is the prelude to the plunge itself. Since we are major sponsors, we have the honor of escorting the Special Olympians into the water before the mass of humanity jumps in.
As an aside, we are having a hospitality room Friday night and Saturday in the Hyatt (2705 Atlantic Avenue). I mention this because there will be a group photo Saturday morning (right before the costume parade) for all of the KofC plungers. We were within a group of 3000 plungers in Virginia Beach; let’s get that number to 4000 this year! For those who plan to make a weekend of it in Virginia Beach, I would strongly suggest making hotel reservations now at any of the seven hotels which are sponsoring the Polar Plunge. Rooms will fill up VERY quickly if previous years are any indications. For those who raise $750 in pledges will receive a one-night hotel voucher for the weekend. So if you and wife both raise $750 each, the only cost to you will be the transportation to Virginia Beach and any incidentals / souvenirs that are purchased.
When people sign up for the polar plunge (any of them), please do not forget that the Knights have a team. Just use your council number as your middle name. This way we can see which councils are participating. Since the plunges are all over the state, it would be really something if every council had at least one person participate. The State Officers and State Directors are in the process of signing up for the Virginia Beach plunge; some have already started to talk up the collection process. If anyone needs help signing up for the Polar Plunge, please reach out to State Special Olympics Coordinator Chan Mohney. He helped me through a couple of items; and, I am certain that he will be willing and able to help you as well.
Virginia State Council
Director – General Programs
Lift High the Cross