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It takes heart and courage to jump into Lake Winnipesaukee in the middle of the winter.  Brave students from across the state have made that an annual tradition with the High School Winni Dip for the Special Olympics.  This year’s theme was the Wizard of Oz and the costumes were awesome.  Dorothy, Toto, Glinda the Good Witch, the Lion, the Scarecrow, even the Wicked Witch of the West dove into the icy water for a great cause.  The Winni Dip is hosted by the amazing Mark Ericson and Karen Kiley from WOKQ.


These rookie dippers weren’t phased by the icebergs or snow.



The team from Manchester West raised $3,405 for SONH.



Rosie was my co-judge for the Wizard of Oz costume contest.



It was wonderful to spend the day with Outstanding Allie, Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen 2015.

During the High School dip, 58 participants from 13 different High Schools raised $14,597 to provide sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  The Saturday Winni Dip raised almost $70,000.  The total raised during the weekend was $84,431 for the Special Olympics.  These funds make it possible for 4,868 participants and thousands of volunteers, friends and family members take part in SONH activities.  The Special Olympics help individuals with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. Every day they empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life.