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Take the plunge for a good cause.

Support Special Olympics Illinois.

Since 1999, the Polar Plunge annually challenges thousands of brave

and warm-hearted participants at numerous locations around the state.

It's a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses

– to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Illinois! The concept is

simple: participants raise a minimum of $100 and take a dip into the

frigid winter waters of an Illinois lake (23 locations statewide). But the

Polar Plunge is so much more than that; it's the kind of fun and thrilling

event that one must experience to understand!


All funds raised allow our organization to provide quality programming

and events for athletes throughout Illinois. These training and competition

opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families,

enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics – which

extend well beyond the playing field.


Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) provides year-round sports training and athletic

competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children

and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through programming in sports, health,

education and community building, SOILL is transforming lives! SOILL provides

opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities, more

than 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities,

45,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through local programs

in all 102 counties of the state.


Register for or Donate to a Polar Plunge near you!

Palatine – February 18

Fox Lake – February 25

Oak Brook – March 3

Yorkville – March 4

Joliet – March 10


Click here to register and for more information.

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