EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run invites you to join the Polar Plunge elite and take the SUPER Plunge for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. The league of nearly 60 SUPER Plungers will begin jumping into Lake Michigan at 2311 Campus Drive Evanston, IL. at 2 p.m on Friday, February 21, 2020. The Plunging elite will continue plunging once an hour for 24 hours until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
All SUPER Plungers and their sidekick/support person will live in a heated tent on the beach during this fun, round-the-clock event. Anyone who is ready to "be bold and get cold" for Special Olympics Illinois can be a SUPER Plunger. Each SUPER Plunger is asked to raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate in this extreme event.
Each hour of the SUPER Plunge is themed. Blackhawks alum Dave Bolland will be on-site for the Blackhawks hour at 10 a.m. The public is invited to take the plunge with him for $100.
SUPER Plunge is 1 of 25 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges around the state (including 7 in Chicagoland) that will benefit Special Olympics Illinois. These "traditional" Plunges are one plunge per person and the fundraising minimum is $100. Participants receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt.
February 20 – Edwardsville (NEW – Exclusive Cool School Plunge) February 21 – SUPER Plunge February 22 – Bloomington, Quincy February 24– Evanston, Galesburg February 29 – Carlyle, Effingham, Macomb, Mendota, Oak Brook, SIU March 1 – EIU Glow (NEW), Yorkville March 6 – Belleville March 7 – Decatur, Manteno, Rend Lake, Rockford, Springfield March 14 – Braidwood (NEW) March 15 – Rock Island March 21 – Mahomet March 22 – Palatine
Over the past 21 years, more than 78,000 plungers have raised more than $22 million. Those ready to #beboldgetcold this winter are invited to join the conversation and share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised nearly $52 million over 33 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership, and personal development. If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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 the Chicago Polar Plunge are the sole responsibility of Special Children's Charities. Please feel free to contact Special Olympics Illinois at [email protected] with any questions.