Darn Tough Vermont to Sponsor Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games and Penguin Plunge Fundraiser - SNEWS

Darn Tough Vermont to Sponsor Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games and Penguin Plunge Fundraiser



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Darn Tough Vermont to Sponsor Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games and Penguin Plunge Fundraiser

Darn Tough Outfits Winter Games Athletes and Rewards Top Penguin Plungers

Northfield, Vermont (SNEWS) January 29, 2015 – Darn Tough Vermont, American manufacturer of the fastest growing collection of outdoor performance socks, has partnered with Special Olympics Vermont for the 2015 Penguin Plunge and Winter Games events. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Penguin Plunge, sponsor Darn Tough Vermont will provide complimentary pairs of wool socks to Plungers who raise $520 or more. Darn Tough will also outfit all 200 Special Olympics Vermont athletes who compete in the 2015 Winter Games. 

The Penguin Plunge is Special Olympics Vermont’s largest annual fundraising event, raising nearly half of the organization’s annual operating budget. Nearly 1,500 people are expected to jump into Vermont’s icy lakes in North Bennington (Jan. 31), Newport (Feb. 1) and Burlington (Feb. 7) to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Darn Tough. Because of their support, we are able to offer high-quality Vermont-made products to our Plungers and athletes” says Lisa DeNatale, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont.

Winter Games is one of SOVT’s largest competitive events, bringing together 200 athletes and 300 volunteers. Over three days, March 6-8, athletes ages eight through seventy+ will compete in snowshoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, and snowboarding at Suicide Six in Woodstock, VT. Winter Games is the culminating event of the winter sports season and also an opportunity for athletes to qualify for national and international competition.

 “It’s a great pleasure to continue our commitment and partnership with Special Olympics Vermont and we look forward to cheering everyone on during the Penguin Plunge and Winter Games,” says Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Darn Tough Vermont. “Like Darn Tough, the Special Olympics team is committed to our Vermont communities and they bring unrivaled enthusiasm and dedication to everything they do. We are inspired by the amazing athletes and thank them for being such incredible ambassadors.”

For more information on the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event visit www.PenguinPlunge.org


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About Special Olympics Vermont:

Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. In Vermont 935 athletes train and compete in 12 Olympic-type sports. Through successful experiences in sports, SOVT athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which follow them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities. To learn more about SOVT please visit: www.SpecialOlympicsVermont.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specialolympicsvermont

About the Penguin Plunge:

In 1996 a few hearty souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. In 2014, the three-part event involved nearly 1,500 Plungers and raised $474,000. In 2015, Penguin Plunge events will take place in North Bennington, Burlington, and Newport.

About Darn Tough Vermont:

Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor socks with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. The company offers both Specialty and Tactical product lines. Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in six active wear categories including Ski/Ride, Hike/Trek, Run/Bike, Lifestyle, Hunt and Kid’s styles – all of which carry the industry’s only unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Darn Tough’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; small-needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; True-Seamless™ technology; and an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for comfort, fit, durability and moisture management. Founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, Darn Tough Vermont operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills. For more information about Darn Tough Vermont socks, please visit: www.darntough.com.