And Grand Prize Winner Is … KAYLEE!

Kaylee is headed to Orlando for the 2022 USA Games. Thank you so much to her and all of our Plungers for your hard work and dedication. Together, your efforts raised MORE THAN $1.26 MILLION to support Special Olympics Illinois athletes! We have the COOLEST supporters! We appreciate all of the hard work that you put in to taking the Plunge At Home.

The proceeds from this event will go to support our mission and vision to see Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) as a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership, and personal development.

Next year, we will be back…BOLDER AND COLDER! We can’t wait to see YOU in 2022!

Sub Zero Plunge Recap Show

How cool was that? On Sunday, March 14, we aired our 2021 Polar Plunge Sub Zero Recap Show presented by GEICO. We want to thank everyone who submitted a video or photo. And, for anyone who did not have a chance to chill out and watch it on Sunday, it is here for your viewing pleasure.

2021 Polar Plunge Grand Prize

For every $500 raised for your Polar Plunge (by March 29), you will be entered into a drawing to win tickets for you and a guest to experience the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando! We are excited to announce this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for exclusive access to this national competition, which will bring together more than 4,000 athletes competing in 16 sports. This package features round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, spectator passes for the Games, tickets to Opening Ceremonies, access to a VIP night at Disney, and more! Learn more about the 2022 USA Games here.

This year, it’s not WHERE you Plunge, or HOW you Plunge, but THAT you Plunge. 
Sign up today to Plunge At Home to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. 

Each year, your support provides critical funding for the brave athletes of Special Olympics Illinois so they can compete in year-round sports & training, health & wellness, and leadership programs, including virtual programming. 

So, what does it look like to Plunge At Home? We’re glad you asked. Get in a snowball fight. Run through the sprinkler in your backyard. Have a family member spray you with the hose. We want you to get creative – and of course, be safe!  

And don’t forget to commemorate how you Plunge At Home with photos and videos. The more fun you are having the better. You can submit your photos and videos for chance to be a part of our Plunge Recap on March 14. Just email them to

Getting Involved is Easy!

  1. Register as a Plunger to create a fundraising page
  2. Create or join a Fundraising Team (Optional)
  3. Challenge others to BE BOLD & GET COLD for Special Olympics Illinois
  4. Plungers: Find a creative way to BE BOLD & GET COLD by March 14th, like having a frigid water balloon fight, making snow angels, or any other SAFE idea! Learn more here.
  5. Share your videos and photos to or on our social media pages. You could be featured during our virtual Plunge Recap this March! Learn more here.
  6. Keep raising funds and challenging others to “plunge” with you!

Get a Group Together

Are you a teacher or a coach looking for a way to engage your students? Want to motivate your staff or coworkers? Get your group involved in giving back today!

Plunge At Home to Support Your Local Plunge

Plungers who want to Plunge At Home to support their local Plunge or the location where they typically be bold and get cold should click on the tile below to register to Plunge At Home in support of that specific Plunge. Looking for Super Plunge? There’s a tile for that, too.  

Haven’t plunged in person? Don’t see a Plunge specific to your area? No problem. You can support the statewide Polar Plunge by clicking here.

*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.*

Special Olympics Illinois is the only entity in Illinois accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. and authorized by license to use the Polar Plunge® trademark and logo. Any issues or liabilities arising from Chicago Polar Plunge are the sole responsibility of Special Children’s Charities. Please feel free to contact Special Olympics Illinois at with any questions.