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Make a Splash for Special Olympics: 2024 Michigan Polar Plunge Dates Released

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

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 long-standing social 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 2024, SOMI will host more than 25 Polar Plunges with the goal of raising more than one point five 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 million in 2023.

Returning 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.

Special Olympics Michigan will also offer a dozen Cool Schools Plunge locations this year, celebrating students and educators across the state. Cool 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.

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 2023, through grassroots fundraising efforts, LETR raised more than $2 million for SOMI athletes.

In October 2023, Special Olympics Michigan President & CEO, Tim Hileman, was appointed to the International LETR Executive Council, a reflection of the continued impact and growth Michigan’s LETR program has seen in recent years. 

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 27
  • Sault St. Marie  - Saturday, January 27
  • Fenton - Saturday, February 3
  • Oakland County - Saturday, February 3
  • Turk Lake  - Saturday, February 3
  • Southwest Michigan - Saturday, February 3
  • Lansing - Sunday, February 4
  • Lake City - Saturday, February 10
  • Grand Rapids - Saturday, February 10
  • Mt. Pleasant - Saturday, February 10
  • Munising - Saturday, February 10
  • Washtenaw County - Saturday, February 10
  • Wayne County - Saturday, February 17