Polar Plunge

 

 

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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.

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How does it work?

The concept is simple: participants raise a minimum of $100 in donations in exchange for jumping into Illinois’ icy winter waters!  Besides bragging rights, all plungers will receive an official Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt and entrance into a Post-Plunge party. Additional incentive prizes are provided to those who raise $250, $500, or $1000+ for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

Who can participate?

Anyone can plunge – young and old, but only registered plungers will be allowed in the water.  Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver form. No one of any age is allowed to be carried into the water.

Who Benefits?

All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

Double Your Plunge Donation

Double Dip3Did you know your employer may be willing to double or even triple your Plunge donation? Many companies have a Matching Gift Program in which they match donations made by employees to qualifying non-profit organizations.

To find out if your employer participates in a Matching Gift Program, click here or reach out to your Human Resource Office!

Matching gifts are an easy way to reach that next incentive level and make a BIG impact on the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

Incentives and Prizes

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

All Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $100 and will receive their exclusive 2017 Polar Plunge scuba blue hooded sweatshirt.  Additional incentive prizes are awarded to those Plungers who reach the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels.  The prizes for each level include:

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

There are also numerous statewide grand prizes available for teams and individuals including sporting tickets, gift cards and electronics.  There is also a grand prize trip from Apple Vacations to Riu Palace Peninsula. The trip includes seven-night accommodations in Cancun, Mexico, roundtrip nonstop air from Chicago O’Hare, ground transfers to/from the airport and hotel, all meals and drinks in the resort and the assistance of a resort Apple representative. Plungers will receive 1 entry into this drawing for every $500 they raise! Trip is valid through November 1, 2017, taxes and blackout dates apply. Click here for full list of terms and conditions that apply.

How to Register

Click here to download step-by-step registration instructions.  To register, select the Plunge location of your choice below.

Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm Lake Michigan - Clark Street Beach
Think You Have What it Takes to SUPER Plunge? Over a 24-hour period, brave men and women take 24 icy dips (once an hour, every hour) in Lake Michigan as part of the SUPER Plunge[...]
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lake Michigan - Clark Street Beach
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of[...]
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Twin Lakes
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Twin Lakes.[...]
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm Carlyle Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Carlyle Lake.[...]
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm SIU Recreational Center
Take the Plunge or Dash for Donuts The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap[...]
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Miller Park Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters[...]
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lake Mendota
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake Mendota. Participants[...]
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Moorman Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Moorman Lake.[...]
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lake of the Woods
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake of[...]
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lakefront Park - Fox Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Fox Lake.[...]
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lake Storey
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake Storey.[...]
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Beach House, Lake Decatur
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake Decatur. Participants[...]
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lake Sara
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake Sara.[...]
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Rend Lake - South Sandusky Beach
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Rend Lake.[...]
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Olson Lake.[...]
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lake Springfield
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake Springfield.[...]
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters at Oak Brook[...]
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Manteno Sportsman's Club
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Manteno Lake.[...]
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Loon Lake - Silver Springs State Park
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Loon Lake.[...]
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Spring Lake
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Spring Lake.[...]
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Leisure Lakes
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Leisure Lakes.[...]
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lincoln Lakes
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lincoln Lakes.[...]
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wicks Lake at Jumers
Take the Plunge The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Wicks Lake.[...]

 

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