Be bold and get cold

Participants from last year's Polar Plunge at Lake Mendota react to the frigid water.

Special Olympics Illinois holding Plunge at Home benefit

MENDOTA – This winter, Special Olympics Illinois invites you to “be bold and get cold” at home for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

Registration is now open for the 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge At Home at To support your local Plunge At Home, please visit The 2021 Polar Plunge season will run through Saturday, March 14. All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the more than 23,000 traditional athletes and 13,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

This year, all plunge locations have gone virtual. What does an at-home plunge look like? The options are endless. Please check out our Plunge At Home page to learn more. It isn’t how you plunge. It isn’t where you plunge. It is that you plunge in support of those athletes. The fundraising minimum is $100 for all Plungers. Participants receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt. Throughout the past 22 years, more than 84,000 plungers have raised more than $23.5 million.

Plunge At Home anytime now through March 14, and don’t forget to commemorate your Plunge with photos and videos on social media. Tag Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook/Instagram/TikTok: @specialolympicsillinois; Twitter: @so_illinois, and use the official Plunge hashtag: #beboldgetcold.

The more fun you are having the better. You can submit your videos for a chance to be a part of our Plunge Recap on March 14. Just email them to [email protected].

Special Olympics Illinois encourages participants to exercise safe Plunge At Home choices. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Plunge At Home option.

GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.

For more information, contact Debbie Kelly, at [email protected] or call 815-739-2052.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,100 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership, and personal development. If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at Follow Special Olympics Illinois on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $56 million over 34 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.



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