Your 2020 SIU Polar Plunge Athlete Ambassador is Kayla Gwin! Kayla participates in many sports including bowling, boccee, swimming, flag football, basketball, softball and volleyball. She currently attends Progress Port and works in the recycling center. This will be her 6th year participating in the SIU Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. In fact, in 2019 Kayla received the award for most funds raised at the SIU Campus Lake event! She loves being able to plunge and raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois. She has the best philosophy about life - I never let my disabilities stop me from doing anything!
The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap on LEAP DAY– a leap into the frigid waters of SIU Campus Lake. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.
Plunge Time Information
The plunge will take place on Leap Day, 02/29/2020 at SIU Campus Lake located at 1493 Douglas Drive in Carbondale. Plunger registration will begin at 10:00 am with the Plunge itself taking place at 12:00 pm.
We are offering 2 Pre-Registration events this year for the SIU Campus Lake Plunge. You can skip the lines on Plunge day by going to pre-register at one of these events. Bring your donations in the form of cash, checks or bring a credit card to cover all the donations you want to pay for that day. You can pick up your sweatshirt, your arm band, raffle ticket and sign your waiver.
Option 1: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Carbondale Elks Lodge 220 W Jackson St, Carbondale, IL 62901. It is their famous Wing Nite where you can try their wings, enjoy the facility and eat some great food. Park to the back of the building (south) and enter the glass door, go down the stairs and we will be on the stage to the left.
Option 2: Friday, February 28, 200 from 6pm to 8pm at Primo's Pizza, 604 E Park St, Carbondale, IL 62901. Grab a pizza while you are there or order one to go after you get your donations turned in and pick up your sweatshirt. We will be in the back room to the left rear section of the dining room.
Plunger Incentive Prizes
Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $100, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt. Sweatshirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis the day of the plunge. All individuals who do not receive a sweatshirt the day of the event will have one mailed to them in April. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels. An email with a redemption code will be sent to all eligible Plungers in early April.
For additional information visit our main plunge site at www.plungeillinois.com.
We will hold a Post Plunge Party at the Fraternal Order of Eagles who have generously donated their facility and volunteers for our event. We will have hot dogs, chili, salad fixings, and dessert, with special tastings from the Dippin Dot's folks who have Pumpkin Spice Forty Below Joe for us to sample. Trophies for many categories will be handed out as well as our door prize raffle for anyone who plunges. Many local businesses have donated gift certificates and gift baskets for our brave plungers. After you dry off head to the Eagles to enjoy our celebration!