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2021 At Home Polar Plunge - Braidwood and Manteno - E

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The 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge presented by GEICO is going virtual! This winter, it’s not WHERE you Plunge, or HOW you Plunge, but THAT you Plunge. 

The Polar Plunge, like a lot of things, may look a little different this year. But that does not mean it can’t be one for the record books! We are so thankful to have such a dedicated group of supporters that will be there to support the more than 23,100 athletes in Illinois!  

Plunge At Home

What does it look like to Plunge At Home? We’re glad you asked. 

It’s simple; take the plunge wherever you like, just do it by March 14.  

Maybe that’s plunging into your bathtub or into the snow. Maybe it is an icy water balloon fight. We want you to get creative and be safe! Just like in the past, Plunge At Home participants can plunge as an individual or join a team.   

And of course, don’t forget to document it! We are asking all Plungers to share their unique spin on the Plunge At Home twist with us – so we can share it with the Special Olympics Illinois community. Post it on social with the hashtag #BeBoldGetCold and tag our social profiles

Plus, send those videos to us directly for a chance to be a part of our Polar Plunge Recap Special, airing on March 14. You can email your video submission to any time from now until March 1.  

Stay tuned for more information on that special, plus additional ideas on how you can #BeBoldGetCold at home!

Official Polar Plunge Sweatshirt Information 

Plunge At Home participants who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by midnight on February 21 will receive an exclusive invitation to attend a pick-up event in their Region the week of March 9 – 12.  All participants who reach the $100 fundraising threshold after that date but before the March 28 final deadline will receive their sweatshirt after the conclusion of the 2021 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 

Plunge At Home 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

Plunge At Home Safety Policy 

Plunge At Home participants are encouraged to be safe with their choices. Special Olympic Illinois utilizes a professional dive team in the water and emergency responders to ensure the safety of our participants at traditional Polar Plunges. Do not attempt to jump into a lake, river or any other open body of water for the Plunge At Home. 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 Plunge At Home event. 

When coordinating your Plunge At Home efforts, please review and adhere to these Best Practices. 

All participants under the age of 18 must have permission of their parents or guardians to participate. Guardians/Parents must agree to Special Olympics Illinois Terms and Conditions during the online registration process or download, sign and return this waiver


Contact your Plunge Director, Patty Welsh , at or call 708-997-0701.

Special Olympics Illinois is the only entity in Illinois accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. and authorized by license to use the Polar Plunge® trademark and logo. Any issues or liabilities arising from Chicago Polar Plunge are the sole responsibility of Special Children’s Charities. Please feel free to contact Special Olympics Illinois at with any questions.


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