Registration open for Feb. 23 Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium
Registration is now open for the Polar Plunge, Feb. 23, 2013 at Michigan Stadium, kicking off the athletic department-wide community service relationship with the Special Olympics of Michigan.
Pre-registration is now open online, and participants can also register the day of the event. Participants must raise $75 in order to take part.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in the stadium’s tunnel entrance. After a pre-plunge talk from a celebrity judge, participants will jump into the cold pool onto the field. An award ceremony and lunch will follow the event.
Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and Brady Hoke are scheduled to be celebrity judges for the event, along with Olympic swimmer Peter Vanderkaay, Miss Washtenaw County Marissa Cowan and WDIV sports director Bernie Smilovitz.
The Michigan athletic department announced its partnership with the Special Olympics last month and shortly after decided the Big House, Big Heart race would no longer end in Michigan Stadium. According to associate athletic director David Ablauf the decision to end the partnership with the Champions for Charity run was at least in part due to making the charitable relationship with Special Olympics a top priority.
Kyle Austin covers sports for AnnArbor.com.