Minnesota Wild defenseman Cam Barker typically battles NHL forwards on the ice, but on March 5, he’ll be taking on some new opponents beneath the ice. Taking part in the POLAR Bear Plunge in Minneapolis, Barker will go head to head with FOX Sports North broadcasters Mike Greenlay and Kevin Gorg to see who can raise the most money and acquire the most members on their team.
But all three, and everybody else taking part in the event, will be fighting for a good cause and raising money for the Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.
As a member of the Blackhawks, Barker took part in the 2009 Polar Plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Illinois. He’s ready to face the challenge again, but this time in Minnesota. Fans can support Cam by donating, or they can join Team Barker and take the plunge themselves.Barker has generously offered to match all funds raised up to $15,000 in hopes that more peopld will join his team and raise awareness for this great cause. Barker will also take part in a post-plunge meet and greet event sponsored by Bud Light at Stella's Fish Cafe located at 1400 West Lake Street in Minneapolis from 2-3 p.m. to thank his supporters and fans.
To join Team Barker, make a donation or sign up to participate in the Polar Plunge, click here
For anyone wishing to pledge to Cam directly, click here.
If you’d rather team up with the dynamic duo of Gorg and Greenlay, you can join the Frozen Five Holes.
To show its support for Cam and this important Special Olympics community initiative, The Minnesota Wild Foundation will make a contribution to Team Barker through his online fundraising page. Cam has also generously offered to match all funds raised up to $15,000 in hopes that more people will join his team and raise awareness for this great cause.
Fans can visit the Wild’s Community Relations booth outside Section 104 at the February 28 game against Chicago to make a donation or join a team.
The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of their year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events — is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Minnesota athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters.
It consists of 14 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. From January through March, the Special Olympics Plunge crew will be traveling around the state to 14 different communities with one goal in mind: raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota.
The funds raised through the Polar Bear Plunge, give children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to develop new skills and self-confidence through year-round sports training in 17 sports. The athletes showcase those abilities in more than 150 annual area competitions, plus six regional and five state competitions.
Special Olympics Minnesota also offers programs like Healthy Athletes and the Athlete Leadership Program, which provide athletes with free health screenings and leadership training, helping athletes to become coaches, volunteers, public speakers or anything they want to be.