Taking an oath and making a promise is nothing short of the definition of dedication and commitment. But what you put your energy and commitment into is the key to unlocking a sense of hope and passion. This concept is a significant part of what Special Olympics Illinois sets out to do in their journey to “unleash the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.”
A non-profit organization, the Special Olympics Illinois chapter has provided opportunities for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 young athletes, ages 2-7, with and without intellectual disabilities since 1968. Each spring the organization hosts the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Plunge in multiple areas with the intention of raising awareness and funds for the athletes and families involved in Special Olympics.
Participants gather donations and jump into freezing waters in solidarity and support of Special Olympics athletes. Each person is asked their reason for participation, which spun the tradition #FreezinForAReason.
The local event will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019, on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities at Jumer Hotel & Casino’s Wick Lake from 12PM – 3:30PM. The Iowa side of the Quad Cities held their event this past fall. Support local polar plungers and Special Olympic athletes by attending the event on the 24th and donating soill.org/polar-plunge.