Polar Plunge

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2012017_SOILL_Plunge_Logo-Horizontal_ScubaBlue7 Plunge Season

The 2017 Polar Plunge season will run from Friday, February 17, through Sunday, March 19. Registration will open in Fall 2016.

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 20,000 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 into 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 more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

Incentive Prizes

Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $100, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt and admission to the post-plunge party. Plungers must be registered by January 30th to guarantee they will receive their sweatshirt the day of the plunge. All individuals who do not receive a sweatshirt the day of the event will have one mailed to them in April. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels.

2016 Plunge Season Recap


You made the 2016 Polar Plunge Season a HUGE SUCCESS!  Together, more than 6,480 warm hearted individuals showed the world what they were willing to #PlungeFor and raised nearly $1.9 million for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

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Check back later this Fall for a chance to vote on our 2017 Incentive Prizes!

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