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2023 LETR Polar Plunge - Effingham Region I

Join us on February 25, 2023

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Be Cool. Take the Effingham Plunge, Saturday, February 25th!

And you will be supporting Special Olympics Illinois athletes across the state, helping to provide them with life-changing programming. This includes year-round sports trainings and competitions, as well as leadership, personal development, and health education opportunities.  If you have any doubts about Polar Plunging, check out this video featuring Effingham County Lightning Special Olympics Athlete, Rachel Zakutanksy, and see how you make an impact in the lives of the Athletes we serve!

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, along with Special Olympics Illinois Region I and the Effingham Water Authority, is totally stoked to host this event in 2023. 

Plungers will have two options to participate: 

Join Special Olympics Illinois here at the Effingham Plunge on beautiful Lake Sara at the beach.  Get your team costumes ready!  Plunger check-in is from 10:00am to 11:45am, with the Plunge kicking off at noon.  Hang out with us after the Plunge for the Post-Plunge party at the Effingham Event Center with a free meal from Niemerg's Steakhouse and plunger awards presentation, including best team and individual costumes!    

Or, take the Polar Plunge experience into your own hands and Create Your Own Plunge (safely, of course) by clicking here. 

Thanks for BEING SO COOL and supporting the more than 21,000 athletes in Illinois. 

And of course, no matter where you are taking the Polar Plunge, don’t forget to document it! We are asking all Plungers to share their experiences with us and the Special Olympics Illinois community. Post it on social with the hashtag #PlungeIllinois is and tag our social profiles

When coordinating your Create Your Own Plunge efforts, please be safe. Do not attempt to jump into a lake, river or any other open body of water for the Create Your Own Plunge. Participants should not do anything that could physically harm themselves or others. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Create Your Own Plunge event. 

Post-Plunge Party

Join us immediately following the Effingham Polar Plunge at the Effingham Event Center, 1501 W. Fayette Avenue, in Effingham for the Post Plunge Party with food catered by Niemerg's Steakhouse and refreshments provided by Heartland Coca-Cola, door prizes, and Golden Plunger Awards!  Polar Plungers get into the Party and get their meal for FREE, but family members are also encouraged to attend the Post Plunge Party.  Non-plungers are asked to pay a small donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children to enjoy the awesome meal.  

Official Polar Plunge Sweatshirt Information

All traditional Polar Plungers who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by midnight on January 31st will be guaranteed their 2023 Polar Plunge sweatshirt at the Effingham Polar Plunge. Create Your Own Plunge participants will receive their sweatshirts via the mail in late April. 

All participants who reach the $100 fundraising threshold after that date but before the final fundraising date will receive their sweatshirt after the conclusion of the 2023 Polar Plunge season. Donations may be submitted online via your personalized fundraising page or mailed to Special Olympics Illinois. Click here for details on how to submit offline donations. 

Plunger Incentives

All Polar Plunge participants are encouraged to fundraise beyond the $100 minimum for a chance to qualify for additional incentives. Incentive levels include $250, $500, and $1,000. An email with a redemption code will be sent to all qualifying plungers in early April. 

For additional information, visit our main plunge site at

Corporate and Business Sponsorship Opportunities

If your business or corporation is interested in sponsoring the Effingham Polar Plunge, we would love to build a partnership with you to raise awareness and increase support for the local Special Olympics Illinois Athletes in and around Effingham.  Sponsorship information and contact can be found here.  


Contact your Plunge Director, Vanessa Duncan , at or call 217-273-4485.


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