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2023 LETR Polar Plunge - Decatur Region I

Join us on March 4, 2023

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Be Cool. Take the Decatur Plunge, Saturday, March 4th!

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 is totally stoked to host this event in 2023!  If you need a little encouragement to Plunge, you can get inspired by Emma and her video message to you!   

Plungers will have two options to participate: 

Join Special Olympics Illinois at the Beach House on Lake Decatur, decked out in your Plunge costume, with all your friends and family members to Plunge with you or cheer you on as you are freezing for a reason!  Plunger check-in is from 10:00am to 11:45am, with the Plunge kicking off at noon.  Stay after the Plunge for the Post-Plunge party with a free meal and plunger awards presentation!

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. 

Official Polar Plunge Sweatshirt Information

All traditional Polar Plungers who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by midnight on February 7th will be guaranteed their 2023 Polar Plunge sweatshirt at the Decatur 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 Decatur 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 Decatur.  Sponsorship information and contact can be found here.  


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


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