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Hope College makes big splash at Holland Polar Plunge
Hope College makes big splash at Holland Polar Plunge


HOLLAND, Mich. - Brave Holland area residents plunged at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Feb. 19 to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) at the 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Polar Plunge, including members of Hope College! Team GO HOPE COLLEGE raised a total $4,448.25, the highest amount raised at the Holland Polar Plunge. 

Team GO HOPE COLLEGE, including team members Coach Matt Neil and Coach Brian Morehouse, were awarded the Golden Plunger Award for the most money raised in this year’s plunge. 

Polar Plunge Coordinator Sharon DeWit said, “Thanks Coach Matt, Coach Brian and all of Team GO HOPE COLLEGE for a great plunge and everything you do for Area 12 (Holland) Special Olympic athletes.”

This is the first year Special Olympics Michigan held a Polar Plunge in Holland and many brave plungers came out to support Special Olympics Michigan.

This Polar Plunge was one of 24 LETR Polar Plunges throughout Michigan in February and March 2011. Plunge sites include: Alpena, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Belleville, Cass County, Cheboygan, Clarklake, Detroit, Fenton, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lake City, Lansing, Mecosta/Osceola, Mt. Pleasant, Muskegon, Negaunee, Pinckney, Saginaw/Bay City, Sault Ste. Marie, Stanton and Traverse City.

The Polar Plunge is made possible by the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a group of police officers and corrections personnel committed to raising funds and awareness for SOMI.  Proceeds from the Polar Plunge support the year-round sports training and athletic competition for 18,621 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Michigan.

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