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Taking the Polar Plunge

Courtesy of Special Olympic Website

Courtesy of Special Olympic Website


Thanks to the dedication and generosity of over 7,300 participants, The Polar Plunge 2014 fundraiser was a huge success. With 20 events being held at lakes across Illinois, participants were about to raise over 2 million dollars for the Illinois Special Olympics.

What is the Polar Plunge? People ask family and friends to sponsor them and in return they must take the “plunge” and dive into a lake with it’s freezing winter temperatures. Many people who take the plunge come back annually, since it benefits such a great cause. It is fun too: many people dress up in costumes which proves to be very entertaining.

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Plunging for a special cause: Annual Polar Plunge raises $2 million for Special Olympics Illinois


Polar Plungers make a splash in Illinois in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois.

In the usual wintry months of February and March, thousands of people are seen diving and splashing into the deep freezing waters. But they aren’t facing the bitter temperatures just for fun. They’re plunging for a special cause – the Polar Plunge, which raises money for the Special Olympics athletes.

This year, there were 20 different locations in Illinois for the annual Polar Plunge event, and over $2 million was raised for the Special Olympics Illinois athletes by more than 7,000 participants.  In the last 15 years, the event has raised $10.2 million with more 40,000 people taking the plunge.

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Dressed for the Plunge: Polar Plunge Participants Wear Costumes While Raising Money for Special Olympics

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Polar Plunge participants race into the water.
Photo from Special Olympics Illinois

Polar Plunge participants wore a variety of costumes to this year’s event, ranging from Vikings to a witch to penguins. The freezing fun raises money for the Special Olympics.

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Fundraising in Frigid Waters: Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics

There’s no time to test the waters when fundraising for Special Olympics Illinois athletes. Polar Plunge events across Illinois have participants running into chilly lakes in order to raise money for an important cause.

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Polar Plunge participants rush into the cold waters in Bloomington, Ill., on Feb. 27, 2011. Photo courtesy of Doug Pieper, Flickr

In the annual event series’ 15 years, more than 38,000 participants have raised more than $10 million. In 2014 alone, 7,300 plungers — young and old — collected more than $2,000 in over 20 locations across Illinois.

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