You can support Special Olympics statewide and locally now and throughout the year by becoming involved in any of several ways.

Take the Polar Plunge to benefit more than 8,000 athletes in Minnesota Special Olympics on Saturday, January 28, at Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna. Nearly 200 people jumped into the lake each of the past two years, raising thousands of dollars. The Owatonna event is one of more than 20 plunges that will take place across the state this winter. Jumpers are required to raise $75 and are encouraged to wear a costume and bring their supporters to cheer them on. Check out other event details and requirements.

Registration and signup begins at 11AM Saturday at Lake Kohlmier. The plunge begins at 1PM. Participants should park at Federated Insurance at 1929 S. Cedar or Spare Time Entertainment at 333 18th St. S.E. and ride a shuttle. If jumping into the lake in January doesn't sound that inviting to you, come to Lake Kohlmier and watch those who do brave the frigid water. Hopefully you made a donation to a jumper.

Locally, the Owatonna Area Special Olympics depends on local businesses and service organizations to fund more than 100 athletes that participate in bowling, flag football, poly hockey, basketball, swimming, softball and track and field throughout each year. Volunteer coaches are always welcome to join the ranks. Training is provided. There are even chances for non-Special Olympics athletes to compete alongside Special Olympics athletes through the Unified Partner program that is offered for a number of sports. For more information on the Owatonna Area Special Olympics, contact Roy Koenig at (507) 451-2250 or at


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    Take the Plunge

    Those that jump each raise at least $75 to support programs and events for Special Olympics Minnesota and its 8,000 athletes.

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    Townsquare Media

    Support Those Who Jump

    If you aren't jumping into Lake Kohlmier, you can still cheer on those who do and financially support them.

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    Townsquare Media

    Donate to Special Olympics

    Local businesses and organizations support the Owatonna Area Special Olympics, including this recent gift from Spherion. Gopher Sport, Federated Mutual Insurance and the Owatonna Knights of Columbus are major sponsors for the 100 local athletes involved in Owatonna with many others also offering assistance.

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    Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media

    Become a Coach

    Special Olympics coaches are all volunteers. No previous experience is necessary as training is provided. Contact Roy Koenig at (507) 451-2250 for more information.

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    Play as a Unified Partner

    A number of Special Olympics sports have a Unified Partner program that allows non-Special Olympics athletes to compete together.

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