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2023 Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge Dates Released and Reveal ‘The Plungester’

Special Olympics Michigan on track for a record-breaking Polar Plunge season with more than 25 locations statewide

Each day the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) push themselves outside of their comfort zone, breaking down barriers in an effort to create a unified world. You’re invited to make a splash and join them as they pave the way in the Inclusion Revolution by taking the Polar Plunge.

In 2023, SOMI will host more than 25 Polar Plunges with the goal of raising more than one point two million dollars. The funds raised will allow SOMI athletes to travel and compete in day-long sports competition throughout the year at no cost to them. The Polar Plunge is the single largest fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan, generating a record-breaking $1.5 million in 2022. 

New this year, the SOMI Plungester – a semi-truck-sized pool on wheels – will be touring the state, making stops at various plunge locations. Thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to make an icy jump into the traveling trailer, earning elite bragging rights and capture a truly unique photo-worthy moment. 

Following the success of a week-long series of Cool Schools Polar Plunges in 2022, SOMI will offer two weeks of student-based plunge dates in 2023. The Cools Schools plunges encourage students and staff to come together and celebrate the Special Olympics movement by taking the Plunge together, raising funds as a student body. Participants earn incentives and a chance to make the jump during the school day on campus. 

For those seeking an alternative to an icy swim, SOMI is offering a Frozen 5K at Polar Plunge locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City – or the opportunity to participate virtually. The event promotes a year-round healthy lifestyle, by encouraging you and your loved ones to stay active throughout the winter months. 

The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a movement of volunteers dedicated to increasing awareness and funds for SOMI athletes across the state. In 2022, through grassroots fundraising efforts, LETR raised more than $2 million for SOMI athletes. 

Special Olympics Michigan is dedicated to creating a world that accepts and welcomes every single person regardless of ability or disability. Make a statement and a splash by registering at! 

Polar Plunge Locations:

  • Clarklake - Saturday, January 28
  • Turk Lake (Greenville) - Saturday, February 4
  • Oakland County (Walled Lake) - Saturday, February 4
  • Fenton - Saturday, February 4
  • Southwest Michigan (Stevensville) - Saturday, February 4
  • Lansing - Sunday, February 5
  • Lake City - Saturday, February 11
  • Grand Rapids - Saturday, February 11
  • Mt. Pleasant - Saturday, February 11
  • Munising - Saturday, February 11
  • Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor) - Saturday, February 11
  • Wayne County - Saturday, February 18
  • Kalamazoo - Saturday, February 18
  • Great Lakes Bay (Midland) - Saturday, February 18
  • Alpena - Saturday, February 18
  • Macomb County - Saturday, February 18
  • Big Rapids - Saturday, February 25
  • Legislative (Lansing) Thursday, March 2
  • Detroit Friday, March 3
  • Lapeer - Saturday, March 4
  • Muskegon - Saturday, March 4
  • Grand Traverse -  Saturday, March 11
  • Marquette Saturday, March 18
  • Manistee - Saturday, March 18

Cool Schools Polar Plunge Locations:

  • Grosse Point High School - Friday, March 3
  • Zeeland East High School - Monday, March 6
  • West Bloomfield High School - Tuesday, March 7
  • Northville High School - Tuesday, March 7
  • Haslett High School  - Wednesday, March 8
  • Holland Christian High School - Thursday, March 9