Special Olympics Illinois Raises Money through Polar Plunge

Usually, Polar Plunge events occur when there is ice and snow on the ground, and when there are below freezing temperatures. However, on Sunday, March 5 dozens of Macomb citizens and Western Illinois University students came together when it was a warm 65 degrees.

The second ever Macomb Polar Plunge was not so polar-like, but that did not stop the plungers from jumping in the chilly waters of Spring Lake to support the Special Olympics.

Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $100 for Special Olympics Illinois. This organization provides opportunities for children and adults with special needs to engage in Olympic-type sporting events while also building friendships.

WIU Junior Emilee Dechant participated for the second year with the Leatherneck volleyball team. She said this event is a great way to branch out.

“It’s more than just raising money” Dechant said. “You’re getting involved, and you know you’re helping other people.”

Special Olympics Illinois reaches more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through their sports opportunities.

For more information about their organization you can visit their website, here.