Taking a Plunge into Icy Waters

A Unique Way to Support Special Olympic Athletes

For the past 15 years, tens of thousands of people have been taking a plunge into icy waters to raise money for Special Olympic athletes. 10.2 million dollars has been raised through this event. Participants of the must raise at least 75 dollars from family, friends, and co-workers to be eligible to run into the frigid water.

Participants of the Polar Plunge running into the frigid water (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois Website)

Participants of the Polar Plunge running into the frigid water (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois Website)

Besides raising at least 75 dollars, there are no restrictions for who is eligible to take the leap into the water. There are participants from all ages, but you do need consent from a parent or guardian if you are under 18. After taking the plunge, participants are given a Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

Besides the sweatshirt, there are also incentive prizes for raising more money. For 250 dollars you receive a Beach Towel, 500 dollars is an Under Armor backpack, and 1,000 dollars is an Embroidered Columbia 1/2 zip fleece. For more information on the the event and prizes check out the Special Olympics–Illinois Website.

Here is my video about the Illinois Polar Plunge. The video was not taken by me and its from a polar plunge from a few years back, but it is voiced, written, and edited by me.

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