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“Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Louisiana

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Louisiana website

Fun Feature Friday is a new feature on Keel Morning News that showcases a local event, non-profit organization, etc. that’s lighthearted and fun. Today, we spoke with Special Olympics Louisiana Marketing Director Tiffany Harvey-Gautier about a big event going on tomorrow, the “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Louisiana.

Law enforcement, local celebrities and the general public will all be taking a dip tomorrow morning. Harvey-Gautier says for a minimum of $50, you can take a plunge in the lake near the American Legion Low-McFarlane Post #14 on South Lakeshore Drive, all in the name of Special Olympics. What you wear is up to you.

“A lot of the girls wear the tutus. In the past, the police have jumped in in their uniforms,” Harvey-Gautier says. “We’ve had everything from alligators, some people have come in all swim gear. We had bananas last year. I don’t know where they got the banana costumes, but you can see the pictures on our Facebook page.” She says some participants have even showed up in little skimpy bathing suits.

Harvey-Gautier says Shreveport will be competing with two other cities for most participants: Baton Rouge and Lake Charles. So it would be great to see how many local folks will turn out for this event.

There’s still time to register. You can do that starting at 7:30 tomorrow morning (March 2), with the plunge kicking off at 9 a.m.

Just a warning: temperatures are expected to be at or near the freezing mark during this event, so you may want to leave that skimpy bathing suit hanging in the closet.


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