Heart-Warming Friendships Conquer Cold at the Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Illinois is asking members of the Bloomington-Normal community to join thousands across the state as they pledge to Be Bold and Get Cold this winter as participants of the annual Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge presented by GEICO. And, while there are opportunities to participate in different ways, the general concept…

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Athlete Swims Laps for Every Dollar Pledged to Polar Plunge

Story first appeared in the Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times While there are many ways to participate in the event, Polar Plungers typically fundraise a minimum of $100 from friends, family and their community before taking a plunge into cold waters. Participants are encouraged to “Plunge Our Way” at in-person events…

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Making Friends While Making a Difference

It was a Friday in November. November 20 to be exact. It was also the day that now-best-friends Jake and Katrina met each other for the first time. Their school’s inclusion club was holding a virtual bingo event which they both attended from their homes. Little did they know what was to come, and the…

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Special Olympics USA Games-Bound Athletes Compete at Winter Games

Special Olympics Illinois is celebrating its 41st Winter Games this year in Galena. Winter Games is one of 13 annual state championships and is the culminating competition for athletes competing in Alpine skiing and showshoeing. For some athletes, however, this Winter Games has a different focus. Every four years, Special Olympics North America holds a…

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