Monday, January 25, 2010

Polar Plunges for Special Olympics

Polar Plunge
Polar Plunge jumper (photo from Northview Polar Plunge 2009)
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information from the Michigan Special Olympics web site

The Polar Plunge is an event open to anyone willing to “BEAR” the elements for a good cause. The object is simple, raise money, and then plunge into the cold water! Be sure to pre-register to receive detailed information! Polar Plunges are a personal challenge for participants and a great source of support for the more than 16,000 Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

The Polar Plunge has occurred in Michigan for 13 years, and this year is in 19 locations across the state. It is put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For 28 years, law enforcement officers have been the largest grassroots fundraisers and awareness builders for Special Olympics Michigan.

Events take place from Marquette to Detroit, and are held on dates between January 24 and March 20. Anyone can take the plunge for a minimum donation of $50 and can pre-register online at Through the website participants can set up their own online First Giving pledge page. Individuals who don’t want to plunge can also collect donations to receive incentive prizes that bare the “Too Chicken to Plunge” logo and to attend the post-plunge party.

All plungers receive incentive prizes and an official 2010 Polar Plunge t-shirt.

Other incentive prizes include a Polar Plunge cooler, a Polar Plunge sweatshirt, a Polar Plunge jacket. Participants who raise more than $2,500 get a Polar Plunge jacket and entry into a trip drawing. Donations are raised by collecting pledges from friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc.

The Polar Plunge is made possible by the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a group of police officers and corrections personnel committed to raising funds and awareness for SOMI.

Proceeds from the Polar Plunge support the year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 17,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Michigan. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Polar Plunge or Special Olympics Michigan visit or call (800) 644-6404. Our statewide sponsors for the Polar Plunges are Real Estate One and Charter Communications.

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