Annual Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Indiana Set to Go on in Person, Online this Winter

by | Jan 11, 2021 | Press Room

Signature cold-weather fundraiser supports year-round programs for thousands of people with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

INDIANAPOLIS — An annual tradition for more than 20 years, Special Olympics Indiana again invites supporters to make a splash for athletes across the state this winter by taking part in the 2021 Polar Plunge — a series of exhilarating events where individuals and teams brave the elements by taking an icy dip to demonstrate their commitment to the cause.

New health and safety protocols designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be implemented at all Polar Plunge events this year, and additional options for remote participation have been developed to better accommodate those who want to be a part of the fun without attending. All at-home participants are challenged to “Earn Your Wings” by registering for a virtual snow angel contest or by signing up for the first annual Polar Plunge Run, to be completed and timed on an individual basis. More information is available at PolarPlungeIN.org.

A total of 15 in-person Polar Plunge events are scheduled to be held this winter, with additional locations potentially to be added as suitable venues become available. Events will be held in Bloomington, Boonville, Borden, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis (Butler University and Eagle Creek Park (two events)), Muncie, Petersburg, South Bend, Terre Haute, Versailles, Wabash, and West Lafayette. See the complete Polar Plunge calendar.

“Looking back on a challenging year, we are tremendously proud of all we accomplished together with our athletes and incredibly grateful to the dedicated supporters who made those accomplishments possible by raising a record amount through the 2020 Polar Plunge,” said President & CEO Jeff Mohler. “As a new year begins, we are optimistic about the future — and, with another successful Polar Plunge season, confident that Special Olympics Indiana will continue to grow and to thrive.”

As the organization’s signature fundraiser for more than 20 years, the Polar Plunge directly benefits more than 18,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout Indiana and plays a vital role in ensuring that an ever-growing number of children and adults with intellectual disabilities continue to benefit from no-cost participation in life-changing sports, health, education, and leadership programs.

More than 3,000 individuals take the plunge in a typical year, each raising a minimum of $75. To date, the Polar Plunge has generated more than $8 million in support of Special Olympics Indiana’s year-round programs and events, including more than $920,000 in 2020.

The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run® to benefit Special Olympics Indiana and is supported by a variety of companies and other organizations through sponsorships or employee matching programs.

Visit PolarPlungeIN.org to learn more about the Polar Plunge or to register or donate in support of a participating individual or team.

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Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs everyday around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. We are a sports organization that uses the power of sport as a catalyst for social change, working for more than 50 years to open hearts and minds toward people with intellectual disabilities and to create inclusive communities across the state. With the support of over 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 18,000 athletes and unified partners at no cost to the participants. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.


Nathan Barnes, Manager of Grants & Communication, (219) 742-3755

Stephanie Manner, Director of Special Events, (317) 713-4291