Polar Plunge

Pick the Polar Plunge Color

Special Olympics Illinois needs your help to pick our official 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge color! The winning color will be featured on our official Plunge logo as well as the 2016 Polar Plunge sweatshirts provided to each Polar Plunger.

Voting is open from 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 27 and close at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 3. Individuals may vote daily!

And the winner is…

2016 Plunge Season

The 2016 Polar Plunge season will run from Friday, February 19 through Sunday, March 27.  Registration will open in Fall 2015.

How to participate in the Polar Plunge

Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of warm-hearted individuals at numerous locations across the state.  It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support Special Olympics Illinois.  All funds raised go to provide programming and events for more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 21,000 Young Athletes participating in Illinois!

Think you have what it takes? The concept is simple: participants raise a minimum of $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for taking an icy dip in an Illinois lake.  Anyone can plunge – young and old, but only registered plungers will be allowed in the water.

Under 18, no problem! Individuals under the age of 18 are able to participate but must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver form.  No one of any age is allowed to be carried into the water.

Attire: Anything goes, except a wetsuit.  Shoes recommended; costumes are encouraged.  Remember to bring a towel to dry off!

Each plunger receives a Polar Plunge sweatshirt and entrance into a Post-Plunge party, plus the chance to win additional prizes for raising more money.

Who Benefits?

All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the 22,000 traditional athletes and 21,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

2015 Plunge Season Recap


You made the 2015 Polar Plunge Season a HUGE SUCCESS!  Together, more than 7,610 warm hearted individuals showed the world what they were willing to #PlungeFor and raised more than $2 million for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

2015 Plunge Results 2015 Plunge Photos


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