Polar Plunge

Thank You

On behalf of the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, THANK YOU to the 6,367 Polar Plungers, 311 Donut Dashers and everyone who helped make the 2017 Polar Plunges a huge success! Together, more than $1.9 million was raised for the 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

We hope you had fun and will join us again in the winter of 2018!!!

Incentives and Prizes

Incentive prizes are here! If you are eligible for an incentive prizeyou should have received an email or traditional mail about redeeming your incentives. If you did not receive mailed instructions and think you should have gotten them please email polarplunge@soill.org. You can also download a copy of the instructions here: 2017 Polar Plunge Incentive Redemption Instructions

  • $250 Incentive
  • $500 Incentive
  • $1,000 Incentive

The prizes for each level include:

  • $250 – insulated water bottle
  • $500 – embroidered sling bag
  • $1,000 – embroidered Under Armour Storm Bora

Grand Prize Winners

Individual Prizes

  • Apple Vacations Cancun Vacation: Jacob Cassidy, SUPER Plunge
  • Polar Plunge Wrapsody Wireless Headphones: Kenneth Bouche, Lake Michigan Plunge
  • Café Ba-Ba-Reeba Gift Card: Margi Justic, Joliet Plunge

Team Prizes

Division 1 (5-15 members)

  • Chicago Wolves 20 Ticket Package: Western Illinois Athletics, Macomb Plunge
  • LETR Gift Pack: SIU Minions, Springfield Plunge

Division 2 (16+ members)

  • $300 in Top Golf Gift Cards to use towards a party: Frankfort Cheetahs, Joliet Plunge
  • Chipotle Burrito Gift Cards: Shelby’s Squad, Rend Lake Plunge

What is the Polar Plunge2017_SOILL_Plunge_Logo-Horizontal_ScubaBlue

The Polar Plunge, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a dip into Illinois’ frigid winter waters.

In 2017, Special Olympics Illinois will host Polar Plunges at 22 locations across the state! This event is a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support the athletes of Special Olympics IL!

Post-Event Donations

Do you have a post event donation?

Plungers are encouraged to continue to fund raise even after they have taken their icy dip at one of our 22 Polar Plunge locations!  All donations received by Friday, March 24 will count towards earning your 2017 Polar Plunge Incentives!

Submitting post-event donations is easy! Simply complete this offline donation form and mail it along with your donations to:

Special Olympics Illinois
ATTN: Polar Plunge
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761

Be sure to exchange any cash donations into a money order or check. Please do not mail cash.



Plunge Resources

Presenting Sponsor

Prize Sponsors

RIU Hotels & Resorts
Apple Vacation