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. The event consists of 9 different Plunges across South Dakota during the coldest months of the year. From February to April, 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 have to experience to understand.

 So grab a friend, co-worker, family member, or bring yourself! Register Today to join a tradition like no other. Not just anyone can say they have taken the plunge to be “Freezin’ for a Reason®!”

Who Plunges Support

Are you starting to second guess your decision to jump into a lake in the middle of winter? We’ll give you over 2,700 reasons to take the Plunge – Special Olympics South Dakota athletes!

 Please 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, 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 25 years. In 2021, we will be hosting 9 Polar Plunges across the state!

• In 2003, 91 plungers raised $17,000 at three Plunge locations. By 2019, South Dakota had 10 Plunges, featured 750 participants, and raised $250,000.

• In 2019, South Dakota continued to increase Plunge numbers, with over 890 participants raising over $276,683 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 2021 our biggest and best year yet!