A Baltimore Raven and the Maryland Plunge Co-Founder Pledge To Make History Duo to Take 100 Plunges for Special Olympics Maryland

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Baltimore Raven Adam Terry and Co-Founder of the MSP Polar Bear PLunge, Tom Schniedwind, are going to take 100 Plunges into the chilly Chesapeake Bay over a 24-hour period in honor of 100 Special Olympics Maryland athletes. They are hoping to raise at least $10,000 through this effort, and donations can be made at http://www.plungemd.com.

Supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities is not just my job, it is my personal commitment and calling

A Baltimore Raven who just completed a great season and the co-founder of the MSP Polar Bear Plunge whose energy and creativity knows no bounds are about to make history with an ambitious commitment to plunge 100 times this weekend during the Plungapalooza '09 Super Plunge.

Baltimore Raven Adam Terry and Special Olympics Maryland Senior Vice President Tom Schniedwind will plunge into the Chesapeake Bay 100 times beginning at noon Friday, January 23rd, and finishing up Saturday morning, just before an estimated 12,000 people take one plunge in the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. Terry and Schniedwind have made this courageous commitment in an effort to bring honor and attention to the courage and spirit of 100 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who represent just one-tenth of those who are part of Special Olympics Maryland.

"Supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities is not just my job, it is my personal commitment and calling," Schniedwind said. "I deeply appreciate the enthusiastic support of Adam Terry who shares this passion and is willing to be bold in the cold! Throughout my 20 years of service, I have never ceased to be amazed and influenced by the inspiration of so many Special Olympics athletes who have not only been examples to me, but have become my life-long friends."

At noon Friday, four dozen brave warriors, led by Terry and Schniedwind, will begin the Super Plunge at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Each Super Plunger has raised at least $10,000 for the privilege of jumping in the Bay once an hour for 24 hours. But the two Century Plungers have multiplied the fun times four!

During each hourly Super Plunge, Terry and Schniedwind will plunge not once, but four or five times each hour. They will still be running in and out of the water long after their Super Plunge teammates are back in the warm tent.

Terry and Schniedwind hope their efforts will raise more money for Special Olympics and encourage others to come on Saturday and at least take one Plunge. Those wanting to support the Century Plungers can pledge their support on-line by going to http://www.plungemd.com and click on Adam Terry's picture from last year's Plunge.

Anyone donating $100 or more to the Century Plungers will be entered in a drawing for an all-expenses cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival Cruise lines. Now that will make you forget the chilly waters of the Chesapeake!

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