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2023 LETR Polar Plunge - EIU Region I

Join us on February 26, 2023

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Be Cool. Take the Eastern Illinois University Glow Polar Plunge, Sunday, February 26th!

And you will be supporting Special Olympics Illinois athletes across the state, helping to provide them with life-changing programming. This includes year-round training and competition, as well as leadership, personal development, and health education opportunities.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, Eastern Illinois University, and its students, Faculty, and Alumni are totally stoked to host this event in 2023. 

Plungers will have two options to participate: 

​​The EIU Glow Polar Plunge is the only Glow-in-the-Dark Polar Plunge, starting at 6:00pm when the sun has gone down!  Eastern Illinois University students, faculty, and alumni members are all invited to be bold and get cold for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.  Get your Student group, RSO, Fraternity, Sorority, or Department involved!  To add to the fun, dress up in costumes and be a part of the Costume Contest to win the Golden Plunger Awards for best Team or Individual costume!

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. 

Since you are freezing for a reason, 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. ​

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 EIU Glow 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 EIU Glow 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 Charleston.  Sponsorship information and contact can be found here.  


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


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