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Take a super-cold dip for a super-cool cause: Special Olympics Idaho

Up for a refreshing swim? The Penguin Plunge on Saturday, April 13, benefits Special Olympics Idaho.
Up for a refreshing swim? The Penguin Plunge on Saturday, April 13, benefits Special Olympics Idaho. Boise Community Stars- Special Olympics Idaho

Did you miss out on the Polar Bear Challenge this year?

No worries! There’s another opportunity to take a little dunky-dunk in some not-so-comfortable water for another good cause.

The Penguin Plunge welcomes all peeps, businesses and organizations to jump into some icy waters on Saturday, April 13, for a very good cause. Plan on making a splash at 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W. Hatchery Road, with registration starting at noon.

Participants are encouraged to gather pledges to benefit Special Olympics Idaho, which “provides training, athletic competitions, and health screenings year-round, free of charge, to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Idaho.”

Those who raise more than $50 will be eligible for prizes, ranging from a Special Olympics Idaho towel to a soft cooler.

The fundraiser will also feature Cupbop food truck, music by DJ Big D and appearances by “The Avengers” characters.

Other entertainment includes a kiddie pool “ball pit” for the little penguins and a WWE-style show by the Idaho Wrestle Club.

Not really down to dunk? Totally understand. You can still participate by registering as a “Chicken Plunger,” which means you still raise money for the cause (still eligible for prizes too) but you avoid the whole jumping-into-freezing-water part.

Go to firstgiving.com/event/idso/2019-Penguin-Plunge-Southwest-Idaho for registration and more details.

Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.


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