Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge Season Underway


Published on December 16 2020 7:24 am
Last Updated on December 16 2020 10:42 am
Written by Millie Lange

This winter, Special Olympics Illinois invites you to "be bold and get cold" for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

Registration is now open for the 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge season at www.plungeillinois.com. The 2021 Polar Plunge season will run from Saturday, February 20 through Saturday, March 27. Registration opened Tuesday, December 8. All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the more than 23,000 traditional athletes and 13,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

This year, all plunge locations will offer a Plunge At Home option. What does an at-home plunge look like? The options are endless. Please check uot the Plunge At Home page to learn more. Organizers say, "It isn't HOW you plunge. It isn't WHERE you plunge. It is THAT you plunge in support of those athletes."

Special Olympics Illinois is hopeful that on-location plunges will take place across the state wherever possible. The Polar Plunge team has been hard at work adapting the plan of action for each location in order to provide a safe, socially-distanced environment for everyone. Special Olympics Illinois will adhere to COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.

Information will be communicated to registrants directly as it becomes available regarding an on-location Plunge option. Plunge At Home will continue to be available at all Plunge locations.

With more than 20 plunges throughout the state, information will constantly be updated to keep participants in the know. Please visit plungeillinois.com as well as sign up for the Polar Plunge newsletter for the latest details.

The fundraising minimum is $100 for all Plungers. Participants receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt.

Throughout the past 22 years, more than 84,000 plungers have raised more than $23.5 million. Those ready to #beboldgetcold this winter are invited to join the conversation and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.