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4th Annual 'Freezin' for a Reason' set for Jan. 16

BA Golf and Athletic Club site for BAPS Special Olympic fundraiser

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Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department will host the 4th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser in support of the district’s Special Olympics team 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the BA Golf and Athletic Club swimming pool.

Those taking the cold-water plunge are asked to raise a minimum of $50 to help support the Special Olympians’ trip to the Oklahoma Olympic Games this spring.

“I really like that our high school athletes have embraced our students, our Special Olympic athletes," said Christine Gould, Broken Arrow Public Schools Special Olympics Coach. "They come out in such great numbers every year and support us."

Last year’s “Freezin’” raised nearly $5,500.The event provided funds to outfit each Special Olympic athlete in a team uniform and warm-up gear, along with helping offset travel costs. 

"The track and field events are the most enjoyable events to me," said Gould, whose brother was a Special Olympic athlete. "You are close enough to the competitors to see the looks on their faces. You can see how excited they are when they cross the finish line. When I see that it brings me joy...pure joy."

More than 100 Broken Arrow Special Olympians in grades 3-12 participated in the last summer's Oklahoma Special Olympics Summer Games in Stillwater. This year's games are scheduled for May 15-17, 2019. The team’s annual trip to Stillwater is solely funded by fundraisers throughout the year.

Participants may bring their donation and registration form to the BA Athletic Department any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or bring donation and registration the day of the event. Cash or check only please. Make checks out to BAPS.

Local businesses, groups or organizations that would like to donate or participate in “Freezin’ for a Reason” may contact the athletic office at 918-259-5900.

The BA Golf and Athletic Club is located at 1651 E. Omaha St. (51st Street) between Lynn Lane and County Line Road.

The annual BA Special Olympics Chili Cook-off is scheduled for 6 p.m, Feb. 8, 2019, at Centennial Middle School. A live auction fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.