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Santa Claus Takes the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge [Video]

The 2015 Polar Bear Plunge is in the books.  And we had a ball in downtown Owensboro, where there many highlights.  Among them . . . Santa Claus.  Yep!  Santa Claus came to town and took the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky.  WATCH!

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The 2015 Polar Bear Plunge Features an Inflatable Slide [Photo]

This year's Polar Bear Plunge is going to feature a bunch of changes.  The first change, announced a few months ago, is the big move to downtown Owensboro.  Another huge change will be the Plunge itself.  Instead of jumping into a lake or a swimming pool, this year's plungers are going to climb up a gigantic inflatable slide and barrel down it into a pool of freezing cold water.  It's going to be a blast.  An Arctic one!

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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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The Donut Dash 5K Set for Downtown Owensboro

Special Olympics Kentucky has cooked (or baked) up a good reason to spend the morning of Valentine's Day in downtown Owensboro.  February 14th marks the annual Polar Bear Plunge, which will take place for the first time at Mitch McConnell Plaza.  But this year, in addition to shaking up the Plunge, Special Olympics is bringing a new event to town to go with it.  It's the Donut Dash 5K.  Yep!  It's a 3.1-mile run through downtown Owensboro that allows you to collect donuts as you go!  Check this out!

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Owensboro Special Olympics Athlete Named to Team USA

We are so excited for Owensboro's Chris Willis.  The 48-year-old Special Olympian has been named to Team USA for the 2015 World Games! 

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Owensboro Special Olympics Swimmer Medals In National Games

Tuesday, in the Special Olympics USA National Games in New Jersey, Owensboro athlete Christopher Willis won a silver medal in the Division #M3 50 YD Breaststroke.

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The Polar Bear PUSH [Photos]

I have already shared the video of the 2014 Polar Bear PUSH!  Yes, I have renamed the "Plunge" the "Push" because my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up $100 to Special Olympics Kentucky if he could PUSH me into the 12-degree water.  And while the video is hilarious, it doesn't quite capture the play-by-play like these photos from Mark Smith Photography.  Check these out.  Mark totally captured the sequence of events!

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Photo by Suzanne Miles
Photo by Suzanne Miles
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WBKR and Southern Star Present: The Polar Bear PUSH [Video]

12 degrees.  That's how cold the water was Saturday for the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge.  12 degrees, People!  But, 157 plungers were there to jump in it anyway and help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.  I was going to plunge too . . . but had a change of heart when my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up an additional $100 to charity if he could push me in.  Naturally, I said "Yes!"  And the cameras were rolling.

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Jimmy Parrot’s Plungers Plunge for Special Olympics Kentucky [Video]

Jaclyn complains, moans and groans.  Dave Spencer whimpers like a 7-week-old puppy.  And I scream, "This is gonna suck!"  That's typically how the Polar Bear Plunge goes each year when we jump into The Hines Center lake to help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.  And, this past weekend, we suited up again and prepared ourselves for a plunge into 22-degree water.  Standing with us was our team captain Jimmy Parrot and our friend Jeff Jackson, who we basically forced into plunging.  Here's how it played out . . .

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