Polar Plungers from across the state will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they plunge into icy water to raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes. The event will take place Feb. 13 at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center.

Participants need to fund-raise $75 to experience this event. Plungers who raise the minimum will receive the official Polar Plunge longsleeve shirt. Those raising more can earn additional items such as towels, sweatshirts, jackets, etc.

The Polar Plunge is for everyone. Participants can plunge solo, with friends, with a team of coworkers as part of the “Corporate Challenge” or on a student team for “Cool Schools.”

Individuals who want to support the cause, but would rather stay warm and on dry land can register as “Too Chicken to Plunge” or as a “Frozen Fundraiser.”

Each year Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athletes come out and support the plunge.

David Thompson, SOWI athlete participating in basketball, bowling and track, will be taking the plunge for the fourth time and has raised thousands of dollars for SOWI. Pat Ashbrook, SOWI athlete participating in basketball has taken the Plunge for years, but will be serving as celebrity judge this year.

“Everyone should check the Polar Plunge off their bucket list,” said Special Olympics Wisconsin’s regional director of development, JoEllen Graber. “It’s exhilarating and inspiring knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of our athletes.”

WKOW’s Greg Jeschke will emcee the event and announce plunge teams as they approach the water.

The Ale Asylum Helter Shelter opens at 10 a.m. and will host concessions and beverages along with a performance by local favorite, Universal Sound.

Children 12 and under can register for the “Pee Wee Plunge” and take a dip in a supervised kiddie pool. Face painting and games are also available for these plungers-in-training.

The Polar Plunge will take place in 14 cities across Wisconsin.

Donations provide yearround programming in sports, health, education and community to change the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Registration is open at PlungeWI.org.

For more information visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org.

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