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Winter Games ‘perfect’ for Special Olympians

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Updated: February 19, 2013 1:54PM



It was raining this past Sunday as Lake and Porter County Special Olympic athletes packed their skis, snowboards and snowshoes to head to Perfect North Ski Area, south of Indianapolis in Lawerenceburg, to compete in the 2012 Winter Games.

It wasn’t very cold, and there’s no snow to be seen anywhere, so why would we do that? When we passed the ski area on our way to Higher Ground YMCA camp, there was snow on the slopes!

Cheers filled the bus, and everyone knew that our trip wasn’t a washout.

On Monday, almost 200 athletes from all over Indiana converged on Perfect North, where every run was covered in white with the snow guns still going strong.

It truly was a wonderful state games, and the ski area really is “perfect.” Every athlete enjoyed not just the competition, but even had extra fun on the superb tubing hills.

The four-hour trip was exciting on the way down, and filled with sleepy athletes on the way home — actually sleepy coaches, too.

If you are a winter sports buff, check out a neat place right here in our Hoosier state.

Polar Plunge: Maybe our trip was getting us prepared for the Polar Plunge, one of Special Olympics statewide fundraisers. Twelve plunges will be held throughout Indiana in February.

For Area 1, which includes seven counties, the place is Valparaiso University Saturday, Feb. 9. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Athletic Recreation Center. The plunge takes place at 1:15 p.m., when the bold and the brave will jump into an outdoor pool filled with cold water right in front of the ARC.

There will also be prizes for the wildest costume, the largest team and the plunger who raises the most money.

If you would like to enjoy a dip in the pool to help raise funds for our athletes, call 465-1323 for a pledge sheet, or, if you would rather just pledge, I’d be glad to have your gift, which can be made out to Area 1 Special Olympics, and mailed to 836 George St., Valparaiso, IN 46385.

Thanks for supporting our athletes. You are sure welcome to come to the ARC to watch those of us who are nuts about Special Olympics take the plunge. Then stay around for the After Splash Bash at the Hilltop Gym, with good food and soft drinks.

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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