Hundreds of Special Olympics Wisconsin supporters from across Whitewater and beyond will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they plunge into icy water to raise funds for SOWI athletes on February 9,
The Whitewater Polar Plunge is one of 12 Polar Plunges that take place in cities across Wisconsin in 2019. Money raised in this unique winter tradition helps SOWI athletes compete in games at the state, national and even international level, in addition to helping with health and wellness programs that enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities year-round. Last year in Whitewater, 260 plungers raised $59,000 for SOWI athletes. Statewide, more than 6,000 brave and generous participants brought in more than $1.5 million.
“The Polar Plunge is our signature event and an excellent way to give back to your community. It’s a fun experience that offers so much more than jumping into frigid waters,” said Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Director of Special Events for the region. “Since partnering with the City of Whitewater and ‘Freeze Fest’ the event can be enjoyed by all ages, even if you don’t want to plunge. Taste some award winning chili at the Chili Cook Off, catch a ride with the Snow Dogs, warm up by the fire pit, volunteer for the day or raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin by being ‘Too Chicken to Plunge.’”
Plungers who raise the minimum $75 will receive the official Polar Plunge long-sleeve shirt. Those raising more can earn additional items such as towels, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. Many plungers go far beyond the minimum $75 donations too. If a team raises $2,500 or more they even earn a team pizza party courtesy of The Brat Stop.
Although most participants plunge with friends, with a team of coworkers as part of the “Toss your Boss,” on a student team for “Cool Schools,” or solo, the Polar Plunge is for everyone. Individuals who want to support the cause but would rather stay warm and on dry land can register as “Too Chicken to Plunge.” Even for those not plunging, it’s worth it to check out this fun and truly unique atmosphere that brings the community together for a worthwhile cause.
The Whitewater Polar Plunge is lucky to have great support from the community including the City of Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Toppers Pizza, Aqua Fun Pools & Spas, and The Waterman.
Special Olympics Wisconsin is proud to partner with Kwik Trip, Walgreens and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.