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5th annual Freezin' for a Reason set for Jan. 29

Special Olympic fundraiser to be held at BA Golf & Athletic Club

BA athletes dive into the pool at last year's Freezin' for a Reason.

The district's athletic department will host its 5th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser in support of the Special Olympics team at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 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. Broken Arrow students may participate for a $10 donation. 

“Our athletes look forward to this day more than most of the things we do together as a team,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Special Olympics Coach Christina Gould said. “This is a time when they get to see the kids they look up to. The varsity athletes come out and do something so special for them. This year we hope to have groups from each of our varsity sports jumping into cold water with us.

“Last year’s turn out is going to be hard to beat, I’m confident the coaches can pull their teams together.”

Giving has averaged approximately $6,000 each of the previous four years. Money raised helps outfit each Special Olympic athlete in a team uniform and warm-up gear, along with offsetting travel expenses. 

“Any Special Olympic coach will tell that you the most inspiring thing you do for a Special Olympics Athlete is to put them in a uniform,” Gould said. “Because of the support from the athletic staff at Broken Arrow we have some of the best-looking uniforms out there.”

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 13-15. 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. beginning Jan. 6 or bring donation and registration the day of the event. Students under the age of 18 will need to have the registration form signed by a parent or guardian. Cash or check only please. Make checks out to Broken Arrow Public Schools.

“We are so grateful to the staff at the athletic office for organizing this for us each year,” Gould said. “Our recent growth with adding seven new sports and events for our athletes comes at a cost. We wouldn’t be able to outfit our teams without this event.”

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.

Another fundraiser, the annual BA Special Olympics Chili Cook-off with silent and live auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Centennial Middle School.