Port Washington braves ice to be nice

February 27, 2017 by  

Port Washington residents have the choice between parkas and speedos this year as they gear up for the 2017 Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge.

The event centers on a daring dive into the cold Atlantic to support a good cause. People pledge to donate a certain amount of money if the person they sponsor takes a dip in the freezing water of the harbor. Donors can choose to sponsor just one person or the entire team, but there is a minimum value the team must raise before they will cast themselves into the icy surf.

The event is part a of a chain of events that occur all across America to help raise funds to support athletic events for people with disabilities. Though the group provides the logo design and some website tools to get started, each team (or group of teams) in each city operates independently. Last year, the Port Washington team was one of the top contributors for a disability sports event in New York.

The Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge will be held on March 4 at noon at the North Hempstead Beach Park. Admission to watch is free, and signups are still being accepted for those who want to take the plunge themselves. Anyone looking for more info should visit the website.