Body Gears Physical Therapy Announces Sponsorship of the 16th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge

Body Gears Physical Therapy Announces Sponsorship of the 16th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge

Kicks Off Fundraising Effort to Raise in Support of Special Olympics Chicago


CHICAGO, Ill., January 14 2015- Body Gears Physical Therapy, a leader in physical therapy and leading provider of Functional Manual Therapy™ in the Midwest, has announced its sponsorship of the 16th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge taking place March 6, 2016 at North Avenue Beach.

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2016 Polar Plunge,” stated Body Gears president and physical therapist April Oury. “We are always looking for ways to give back to the community and this opportunity really resonated with our staff. Everyone is excited about getting involved and giving back to an incredible organization that transforms the lives of people with disabilities.”

In addition to sponsoring the 16th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge, Body Gears has created its own team of over 40 plungers to participate in the Polar Plunge and help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Chicago.

“We are also encouraging adventurous patients, friends and colleagues to make the polar promise and join us on March 6,” stated Oury. “People can join the Body Gears team or make a monetary donation – or both. We can’t wait to make a splash and raise money to support Special Olympics athletes throughout Chicagoland.”

“Special Olympics Chicago gives a warm welcome to Body Gears, a new sponsor this year,” stated Dr. Casey Hogan, president of SCC/Special Olympics Chicago. “Their sponsorship means so much to our organization and the 5,500 athletes we support. We’re struck by the enthusiasm the Body Gears team is bringing to the Polar Plunge this year. This is an incredible partnership.”

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About Body Gears

Body Gears Physical Therapy is a leader in physical therapy focused on enhancing human mechanics. Body Gear’s treatment philosophy is rooted in the breakthrough practice of Functional Manual Therapy™ (FMT). To learn more, visit

About Special Olympics Chicago

The Special Olympics Chicago program is the largest in the State of Illinois. The Chicago Program alone is larger than 26 other complete state programs. Chicago is the birthplace of Special Olympics and competitions are now held in over 170 countries.

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type of sports for children (ages 8 and older) and adults with mental disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. The program gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In Chicago alone, more than 5,500 athletes are involved in the program.

Since 1969, Special Children’s Charities has been the fundraising co-sponsor of Special Olympics Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Special Children’s Charities mission statement is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement through athletics, recreational and social activities among youth and adults with disabilities.