Special Olympics

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West Kentucky Special Olympics is gearing up for their signature fundraising event: the polar plunge at Kentucky Dam Village. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with regional director Laura Miller about the event, the toss your boss challenge and how Special Olympics is a life-changing opportunity for kids year-round.

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Special Olympics Kentucky provides youth who have disabilities with over 15 different sports programs ranging from downhill skiing to equestrian riding to traditional sports teams and even bowling. Next month, a Regional Bowling Tournament will be held in Paducah and nearly 40 volunteers are needed to make it possible. Western Kentucky Regional Director Laura Miller speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good today to talk more about the event and other growing programs. 

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The Polar Plunge takes its sixth annual dive in western Kentucky on February 21 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, where more than 800 are expected to jump into frigid water to benefit Special Olympics groups in the region. Coordinator Laura Miller joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about how to register for the costume contest, what it's like to take the plunge and what happens if you're "too chicken" to jump. 

Special Olympics Kentucky

Kentucky Lake temperatures are at a chilly 37 degrees today as Polar Plunge participants prepare to jump in tomorrow to raise money for the Special Olympics. That’s ten degrees lower than the water temperature last year.

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Brrr! Perhaps the chilliest fundraising event of the year, the Western Kentucky Plunge Polar Plunging pits brave Kentuckians against the icy waters of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The event, held this year on February 15, has grown to more than 500 participants and raising more than $100,000 each year. Kate Lochte speaks with coach and coordinator Laura Miller of Murray about the event.

Western Kentucky Polar Plunge 2013 Set

Dec 28, 2012

Due to technical difficulties, we are not able to provide the audio from Friday's Special Olympics/Polar Plunge interview on Sounds Good. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The 2013 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge is set for February 16, at Kentucky Dam Village. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky, with several plunges held across the state.

And, yes, it’s what it sounds like: A group of silly, happy people jumping in to freezing cold water for a good cause. Murray-Calloway Special Olympics Coordinator Laura Miller, and Coach Chuck Williams joined Angela Hatton at WKMS's studios to talk about the plunge and Special Olympics.