ELKO – Special Olympics Nevada is encouraging local residents to “Feel the Thrill of the Chill” this season and take an icy dive for charity at the Elko Polar Plunge, beginning at 10 a.m. March 3 at the Elko Swimming Pool.

The Polar Plunge is a national movement to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics and its athletes. Plungers are asked to raise a minimum of $125 each to participate and take the chilly dive in support of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Registration includes a Polar Plunge long-sleeve shirt and festivities such as contests, games, refreshments and awards for top fundraisers and best costumes. Supporters not up to the plunge itself may also raise money as a “chicken” and receive the shirt but stay nice and dry. Registration is available at www.elkopolarplunge.com.

All proceeds from the Elko Polar Plunge benefit Special Olympics Nevada to continue to showcase the capabilities and achievements of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Along with providing free year-round sports and competition programs for more than 3,250 athletes, Special Olympics Nevada encourages education through Unified Sports and the Schools Partnership Program; and is committed to improving the health and well-being of athletes through a variety of screenings and programs.

Special Olympics Nevada is a free year-round sports training and competition program that serves more than 3,500 athletes who compete in 28 competitions throughout the state in eight sports; including more than 2,000 special education student-athletes who participate via the Schools Partnership Program.

In addition to offering sports and education, Special Olympics Nevada is committed to improving the health and overall well-being of athletes through a variety of screenings and programs.

Special Olympics Nevada requires the financial support of individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations along with the time and dedication of nearly 4,000 volunteers and volunteer coaches.

More information is available at www.sonv.org and by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SONevada.