REDFIELD — Special Olympics South Dakota (SOSD) and Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics are calling on all Redfield residents with daring souls and warm hearts to brave the cold for the Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics on Saturday, March 13.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. March 13 at the Redfield Armory parking lot, and the plunge begins at 2 p.m.
The annual fundraiser is organized by local committee members, including South Dakota Law Enforcement. They are excited to see what 2021 will bring as they kick off the first-ever Redfield Polar Plunge.
At the Polar Plunge, participants raise funds then jump into chilly waters to show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics and increase awareness for people living with intellectual disabilities across South Dakota.
Plungers set their own fundraising goals prior to the event and collect pledges in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters. Each person must raise a minimum of $100 and can participate as an individual, or can create a team with friends, co-workers, or classmates. They’re also hosting a Virtual Option for those who aren’t comfortable taking the Polar Plunge in person on March 13. High school and college students who participate will also have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.
Each year, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held across the country to raise awareness and attract communities to this thrilling fundraising event. This year’s plunge will help provide funds for year-round sports training and competition for more than 2,700 children and adults living with intellectual disabilities in South Dakota, at no cost to the athletes.