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A Message From Bill Ziehl

On March 25th I’m heading back to the beach to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Rhode Island. I will be Super Plunging for the 7th time as a member of the Torch Run Super Plunge Team for Special Olympics Rhode Island. The Super Plunge team represents the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics Flame of Hope. As Guardians of the Flame, we don’t just plunge once, we each plunge at least 1 time every hour for 24 straight hours into the near freezing Atlantic Ocean. I have plunged in wind chills well below zero and I can’t predict the weather or water temperature this March, but I will plunge no matter the weather. Along with my team, I will deprive myself of sleep for over 32 hours, my skin will be burnt from windblown sand, near freezing saltwater, and possible freezing wind chills. WE PLUNGE FOR A PURPOSE AND FREEZE FOR A REASON Many of you, including my doctor ask why I do this or continue to do this event? It’s simple… I do it to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Rhode Island. I do it knowing our 3000 plus athletes in Rhode Island will be able to be compete for free, to be included in our communities and to see smiles on their faces. Your generous support helps Special Olympics to create opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in sports so the athletes can enhance their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience the joy of competing, strengthen their skills and create new friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and people within their community. Our athletes are setting and achieving their personal goals, while others are setting Special Olympic Records. My Torch Run Super Plunge Team and I can help bring awareness but we need your support to keep the Flame of Hope burning for our Olympians so they can live the Special Olympics motto: “Let Me Win, but if I cannot Win, Let me be Brave in the Attempt”. Thank you for helping Special Olympics create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Thank You, please consider a donation and I hope to see you at the beach!!! Bill Ziehl


raised of $15,000 goal

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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people throughout the world face, especially people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Rhode Island is one of the state’s most dynamic programs, providing over 1,600 year-round sports training and athletic competition opportunities to more than 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Rhode Island hosts over 40 statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 20 official and demonstration sports.