2021 Polar Plunge: Participant Toolkit

Thank you so much for participating in the 2021 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Please use the buttons below to find materials that will help guide you as you get ready to Plunge At Home in 2021.

We encourage you to personalize your messaging and share your WHY. Tell others what Special Olympics Illinois means to you by sharing your stories, pictures, and experiences.

Thank you again for you commitment to supporting Special Olympics Illinois. For questions regarding the social toolkit specifically, please contact Michelle Mayer at mmayer@soill.org. For additional questions about the 2021 Polar Plunge, please email polarplunge@soill.org.

If you are participating in the Super Plunge, please visit the Super Plunge Participant Toolkit here.


Sample Social Posts

Post #1
Did you know Special Olympics Illinois provides year-round opportunities not only in competitive sports, but in health education, leadership and personal development as well? This organization makes such a difference to the athletes it reaches. I have pledged to Plunge At Home this winter to help them change more lives. Will you help me? Make your donation here: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK] #BeBoldGetCold

Post #2
I will be bold and get cold this year for Special Olympics Illinois and I am asking you to do the same. Join me in supporting this organization and its mission to create a world where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated together in the community. [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK] #BeBoldGetCold

Post #3
Brrrrring on the cold – it’s worth it. I plunge to help build a world of #inclusion. Help me support Special Olympics Illinois as it works to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK] #BeBoldGetCold

Social Graphics

Below, please find social graphics sized as square images for posts on your newsfeed or timeline as well as images sized to create a story on your social channels. To save these images on your desktop, simply right click and select “save image as.” On mobile, press and hold until a prompt pops up and save the image on your camera roll.

SOILL Social Profiles

Please connect with Special Olympics Illinois through our social media channels. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts throughout plunge season so we can stay up-to-date with your activities leading up to the big event.

*Please be safe with your Plunge At Home choices. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Plunge At Home option. Learn more here.*