Editor’s Note: The dive start time has been corrected to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
BROOKINGS – Special Olympics South Dakota invites community members and students to raise funds and raise awareness by participating in the Brookings Polar Plunge and 5K Walk / Run, which will be held outside Ray’s Corner on Saturday, October 30.
Onsite registration for the 5K Walk / Run event will take place at Brookings VFW (507 Main Ave.) starting at 7:30 a.m., with participants lining up outside to begin the walk / run at 8:30 a.m. Registration for Polar Plunge will take place at Ray’s Corner (401 Main Ave.) from 9:30 a.m., and Plunge at 11 a.m. Additional details and pre-registration are available at www.sosd.org/polar-plunge.
As a signature Special Olympics fundraiser for over 20 years, the Polar Plunge directly benefits more than 2,750 Special Olympics athletes across South Dakota and plays a vital role in ensuring that an ever-growing number children and adults with intellectual disabilities continue to benefit from free participation in life-changing sport, health, education and leadership programs.
Bringing together students and local supporters to fundraise through ‘Freezin’ for a Reason ‘, the Brookings Polar Plunge will be one of seven diving events hosted by Special Olympics South Dakota throughout 2021.
All attendees are encouraged to raise a minimum of $ 100 in pledges before taking a freezing plunge to demonstrate their commitment to the cause, with incentives presented to those who go beyond their fundraising. Divers can register as individuals or gather friends, family, colleagues or others and register as a team. Fans can also register as ‘Virtual Divers’ and fundraise, then post their Plunge video on social media using # PlungeSD21.
âWe, as Law Enforcement Torch Run, are always overwhelmed and amazed by the influx of support Special Olympics South Dakota receives through our Polar Plunge events,â said Jim Smit, Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run South Dakota. âThe Law Enforcement Torch Race is the greatest awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics, we are very fortunate to have people ready to jump into the icy water to show their support for our athletes. “
Spectators and guests are welcome everywhere and can attend the festivities. To date, Polar Plunge events have raised over $ 60,000 so far this year, supporting the organization’s programs and events throughout the year.
The Special Olympics South Dakota 2021 Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics South Dakota and is sponsored statewide by RPM Companies, Casey’s, Black Hills Energy, Midco, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Scheels, Pioneer Bank & Trust, and J&L Harley-Davidson.