What’s the Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser presented by South Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events to benefit Special Olympics South Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics South Dakota athletes and programs by raising money and jumping into frigid waters. Throughout 2017, our Plunge crew will be traveling across the state to 9 different communities with one goal in mind – raise funds for Special Olympics South Dakota! 

Here’s how it works: Participants raise a minimum of $100 and take a dip into the frigid waters at one of our 9 event locations. Sounds simple, but Polar Plunges are so much more than that. They are fun and exciting events that you really have to experience to understand.

So grab a friend, co-worker, family member or just go it alone! Register Today for your chance to start a tradition like no other. Not just anyone can say they have taken the Plunge to be “Freezin’ for a Reason!”

Who Plunges Support

Starting to second guess your decision to jump into a lake in the middle of winter? We’ll give you over 2,000 reasons to take the Plunge – Special Olympics South Dakota athletes!

Take a few minutes to check out more events and programs offered by Special Olympics South Dakota for our athletes. Then, when you’re standing on the ledge about to take the Plunge, just think of them. They’ll be sure to warm your heart right up!

Plunge Facts

– Polar Plunges have been held across the state of South Dakota for more than 16 years. 2017 will be your year to participate, just find the nearest Plunge location to you!
– In 2005, 150 plungers raised $21,000 at two Plunge locations. By 2010, South Dakota had 11 Plunges, featured 757 participants and raised $255,000.
– In 2016, South Dakota continued hosting successful Plunges, with over 1,100 participants raising over $330,000 for Special Olympics South Dakota!

We are very grateful to all of those who have participated in our Polar Plunges and hope that you can join us to help make 2017 our biggest and best year yet!