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Slight change for Saturday’s Tega Cay Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

Tega Cay Police Chief Steve Parker takes the first dive into Lake Wylie in the 2017 Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics of South Carolina. This year’s event is Feb. 3 at the Tega Cay Beach Club. Participants will jump into the outdoor pool rather than Lake Wylie this year.
Tega Cay Police Chief Steve Parker takes the first dive into Lake Wylie in the 2017 Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics of South Carolina. This year’s event is Feb. 3 at the Tega Cay Beach Club. Participants will jump into the outdoor pool rather than Lake Wylie this year. Fort Mill Times file photo

If you’ve ever wanted to express your inner polar bear, now’s your chance.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high 30s around noon Saturday, Feb. 3, when the Tega Cay Police Department hosts its annual Polar Plunge at the city’s Beach Club to benefit Special Olympics.

The plunge was orignally planned to be into Lake Wylie, but a sewage spill earlier in the week neccessitated a no-swim advisory. Although the advisory was expected to be lifted by Saturday and city officials said the cove used for the plunge wasn’t affected by the spill, participants will instead leap into the outdoor pool at the Beach Club, “to help ease everyone’s minds,” City Manager Charlie Funderburk said.

Not sure you can take the frigid water, even for a good cause? There are other ways to help.

“We are in need of people to plunge, volunteer to help set up/clean up, take pictures and help out throughout the morning,” said TCPD Sgt. Robert Burns, who’s organizing the fundraiser.

Last year’s Polar Plunge raised more than $24,000 for Special Olympics, Burns said.

In-person registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be costume and spirit contests, lunch and more. To register online, go to so-sc.org/event/tegacaypolarplunge/.

To create or join a team or set up a personal fundraising page, go to firstgiving.com/FundraiseForAnEvent/46763#panel/0.

Have questions, or want more information? Email Burns at rburns@tegacaysc.gov or visit firstgiving.com/so-sc/2018-tega-cay-pd-polar-plunge.

Michael Harrison: 803-326-4315, @MikeHarrisonFMT

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