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Published On: January 24th, 2014


Muttnik the MoonDog to Jump for Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser


The Mankato MoonDogs Mascot Muttnik will be taking the plunge and jumping into Hallet’s Pond on Saturday, February 1, 2014 for the LEEP Special Olympics Team in   St. Peter, MN.


“LEEP has 27 brave Polar Bear Plungers on our team, and Muttnik will make 28. We are fortunate to have a community that not only supports our athletes, but one that is willing to jump into the frigid waters to show it!”-Cate DeBates, LEEP Program and Volunteer Coordinator. To support the LEEP team and Muttnik, donations can be made online at Supporters can join the team and take the plunge, or sponsor a team member. New this year, fifty percent of all proceeds raised online will be donated back to LEEP Special Olympic teams.


Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) has been named the largest Special Olympics delegation in Minnesota. In 2013, LEEP had 14 different Special Olympics teams with 272 athletes. Fundraisers like the Polar Bear Plunge help LEEP to serve our local athletes and increase sporting opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Mankato area. The Polar Bear Plunge is in its 17th year, and is presented by Minnesota law enforcement.


“The success of the Polar Bear Plunge shows just how supportive and dedicated our community is. We feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing community and we consider it a privilege to have the opportunity give back and participate in events like this. Muttnik couldn’t be more excited to be on the LEEP team and I know he can’t wait to see all those smiling faces the day of the plunge!”- Greg Weis, MoonDogs General Manager.


The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit




About Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)

Leisure Education for Exceptional People, Inc. (LEEP) is a non-profit, United Way supported organization that provides recreational and sporting opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so that they might achieve optimal levels of socialization and independence in the community.