CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Polar Plunge will kick off its 2017 season with the SUPER Plunge this weekend in Evanston, IL. It is the first of 22 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges around the state (including 7 in Chicagoland) that will benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
The league of nearly 60 SUPER Plungers includes law enforcement officials, Special Olympics representatives and others. They will begin jumping into Lake Michigan at Clark Street Beach in Evanston at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The Plunging elite will continue plunging once an hour for 24 hours until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The Evanston Polar Plunge will immediately follow the SUPER Plunge.
Adventurous souls are invited to join law enforcement officers and others from their community by donning bathing suits, costumes or any clothing of choice (just no wet suits!) to jump into the winter Illinois waters. Each Plunger must raise a minimum of $100 in donations.
This year features 1 NEW Plunge location. Locations include:
February 18 – Evanston
February 19 – Palatine
February 25 – Carbondale, Carlyle, Mahomet/Champaign, Bloomington, Quincy, Mendota (NEW!)
February 26 – Galesburg, Fox Lake
March 4 – Decatur, Manteno, Rend Lake, Rockford, Springfield, Effingham, Oak Brook
March 5 – Yorkville, Macomb
March 11 – Joliet
March 18 -- Lincoln
March 19 – Rock Island
For more information, to register for one of the Plunges, or to support a plunger, visit the Special Olympics Illinois website at http://www.plungeillinois.com. Plungers are invited to join the conversation and share who or what they will #PlungeFor on Facebook and Twitter.
All proceeds benefit the 22,000 athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. This intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June. Special Olympics Illinois is a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs are now in more than 170 countries with 5.4 million athletes.
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SOURCE Special Olympics Illinois