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2022 Polar Plunge - Effingham - I

Join us on February 26, 2022

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Take the Effingham Plunge to Support the Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge presented by GEICO is excited to host this event again in 2022! 

Plungers will have two options to participate: 

  • Plunge OUR WAY at one of our Polar Plunge locations. Think open water and a SOILL-hosted event with all the traditional Plunge festivities.

  • Plunge YOUR Way and get creative to make it your own. If you can dream it, you can do it (safely, of course).

Do what works for you and your group. Just be BOLD and get COLD. Because again this winter, it’s not WHERE you Plunge, but THAT you Plunge. 


Plunge OUR Way

Plunge OUR Way and join us on 02/26/2022 at Lake Sara located at 15250 N. Beach Road in Effingham. Pre-Registration will take place on Friday, February 25th at the same location from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Day-of registration will be from 10:00am to 11:45am with the plunge taking place at 12:00pm. 

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!  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.  

Plunge YOUR Way

We saw so much creativity last year when things had to look a little different than they had in the past. This is a way for you to create a Polar Plunge day to support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois in a way that fits your needs. We’re talking dunk tanks. House parties with water balloons. Companies with parking lot kiddie pools. 

And of course, 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 #BeBoldGetCold and tag our social profiles. 

When coordinating your Plunge Your Way efforts, please review and adhere to these Best Practices. Do not attempt to jump into a lake, river or any other open body of water for the Plunge Your Way. 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 Your Way event. 


Official Polar Plunge Sweatshirt Information

All plungers who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by midnight on February 2, 2022 will be guaranteed their 2022 Polar Plunge sweatshirt the week of their local Plunge Our Way event. Plunge Your Way participants will be invited to attend one of the Region’s pre-registration events to pick-up their sweatshirt in the days prior to the event. 

All participants who reach the $100 fundraising threshold after that date but before the final date will receive their sweatshirt after the conclusion of the 2022 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 



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


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