Polar Plunge, the Popular Special Olympics Michigan Fundraiser Goes Virtual in 2021

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Mount Pleasant, MI — January 11, 2021

The annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is a popular event that is a significant fundraiser for the organization. With the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 edition of the series sponsored by Michigan Law Enforcement will be an all-virtual activity.

According to the SOMI website, “Just because the format has changed, doesn’t mean the excitement, fun or importance of the event has to.”

So, What Exactly is a “Virtual” Polar Plunge

Participants will still register online, raise money for Special Olympics Michigan’s life-changing programs, do a cold-weather challenge, and earn cool swag along the way. The main difference is that, instead of hitting the water at a traditional Plunge location, now the choice is up to you on where, when, and how you want to get bold and cold for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan.

Michigan Law Enforcement Fenton Polar Plunge / Lasco Press Photo

Do snow angels in your swimsuit. Lounge in a cold water-filled kiddie pool in your backyard. Have a water balloon or squirt gun fight while wearing costumes. Have a family member spray you with a water hose or splash you with a bucket of cold water. Get as creative as you want and have fun with it!

Frozen 5K

Participants can also sign up to be a part of the first-ever Frozen 5K. Sign up, choose your course, and send us your times when you’re done. In return, we’ll send you your choice of a Sport-Tek or heather cotton long sleeve shirt.

What is the Polar Plunge

Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Polar Plunge series challenges thousands of brave jumpers at numerous locations around the state. It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations, and businesses – to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Michigan.

All funds raised go towards year-round sports training and athletic competition for nearly 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. In 2021, things are changing a bit with the entire season moving to a virtual setting.

How to Get Involved

Sound like fun? Getting involved is simple, signup online at the Polar Plunge Registration Page. There is no cost to register and raising funds can earn participants cool swag.

Too chicken to dip, direct donations can be made at the following link and a $25 gift will get you a “Too Chicken” shirt to show your support.

Organizations can register and encourage members to join it and submit donations for this extremely worthy cause. The goal is to raise $500,000 for Special Olympics, Michigan. Lets’s make it happen.