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Take an icy dip for Special Olympics Illinois

Kicking off the 20th year of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois, the Polar Plunge is set Feb. 24 at Lake Mendota.

Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of individuals at 24 locations across the state to support Special Olympics Illinois. All funds raised go to provide programming and events for more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes participating in Illinois.

Registration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 24, with the plunge taking place at noon.

Numerous local grade and high schools already have committed to take the plunge. Last year, La Salle-Peru High School won the Cool School Challenge with more than 50 students and faculty plunging at Lake Mendota. Almost 200 have committed to take the plunge this year, according to a press release from Special Olympics Illinois.

Participants collect a minimum of $100 in pledges from friends, family and co-workers, in exchange for jumping into icy waters in the middle of winter. All ages are welcome to plunge. Teams and costumes are highly encouraged. All proceeds collected by plungers benefit Special Olympics Illinois athletes. Each plunger also will receive the exclusive 2018 Polar Plunge sweatshirt.

Spectators are welcome at the plunge and after party at the Mendota Civic Center. Registration is open. Sign up For more information, contact Allison Nichols at 815-220-8128 or

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