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2014 dip to boost Wayne Klumper Heals Fund

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WORTHINGTON — Proceeds from the next Deep Freeze Dip will help fund youth sports programs in the region.

The annual event, set for 3 p.m. Jan. 18 on Lake Okabena at Sunset Park during Worthington’s Winterfest celebration, will have its proceeds go toward the Wayne Klumper Heals Fund. The fund gives money to the sports and recreation clubs for youth sports in Worthington, Round Lake, Brewster, Rushmore, and Adrian. Dollars raised will be divided appropriately according to the size of the community.

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“The money can go to different things like keeping a sports program going or buying new equipment for a team,” Klumper said.

“It’s sometimes hard to keep youth sports going because of funds, and hopefully this will help.”

Klumper has spent most of his life promoting youth sports, as he was program director at the Worthington Area YMCA for many years. In the midst of a continued recovery from what had been a life-threatening motorcycle crash, Deep Freeze Dip organizers — the event is coordinated by Radio Works and the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club — felt inspired to keep his drive for youth sports going.

“A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to get involved because of costs, so this money will help pay for that opportunity,” Klumper said. 

Klumper has been involved with sports his whole life — baseball being his favorite. 

“There wasn’t as much organized sports back then, so we’d all get together at Cherry Point and play pickup games with the neighborhood kids,” Klumper said. 

“When playing sports you learn more than just the sport — you learn about life,” added Klumper’s wife, Dea. 

Klumper expressed his gratitude for the support he has received since his June accident.

“I’m very thankful for all the thousands who prayed for me on CaringBridge,” said Klumper of the website devoted to helping people who are going through a health crisis journey stay connected. “Our whole family is thankful.”

“Worthington was behind us, and now we want to be behind them,” Dea added. 

Pledge cards will be available for pick up starting Nov. 25 at Radio Works, located at 28779 Nobles County 35.

Here are the rules for this year’s Deep Freeze Dip:

* You must be at least 18 years old to dip. 

* You must raise at least $250 to jump. 

* You must register at Radio Works and be issued an official pledge card. 

* You must turn all money in at the Winterfest Opening Ceremony night, to be 5 p.m. Jan 17 at the Hickory Lodge banquet room. 

All participants will receive an official 2014 Deep Freeze Dip T-shirt.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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