Wisconsin Rapids’ Coolest Event of the Year is back
For the Gazette
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Special Olympics Wisconsin supporters from across central Wisconsin will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb. 4-5 for the 2022 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Wisconsin, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The Wisconsin Rapids Polar Plunge kicks off with a “Cool Schools” plunge at noon on Feb. 4 at Ridges Golf Course (2311 Griffith Ave.). Those wishing to register or check-in early may do so Friday night. Saturday’s main event features a 10 a.m.
Freezin’ for a Reason Snowshoe Walk, followed by noontime plunging and live music by Southbound. A 50/50 raffle drawing is slated for 3:15 p.m., and concessions and souvenirs will be available all day.
All members of the community are welcome to attend this truly unique event that brings people together for a worthwhile cause.
This year’s Wisconsin Rapids plunge is sponsored by Ho-Chunk Gaming-Nekoosa, TCI Consulting, Plainfield Trucking, and Connexus Credit Union.
More information, including registration and an updated schedule of events, can be found at PlungeWI.org. Pre-registrations are highly encouraged, but on-site day-of registration will also be available.
Wisconsin Rapids is one of eight Polar Plunge locations spanning five Saturdays across the state. Other events this winter include Oshkosh, Madison, Oconomowoc, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and La Crosse.
This year’s Polar Plunge features numerous ways to get involved. Individuals and their teams can return to plunge in-person. Those opting out of an in-person event can make their own adventure by “Chillin’ at Home.” Students can form teams via the “Cool Schools” option, taking the plunge in-person or hanging out virtually. Less daring individuals can still fundraise by registering as “Too Chicken to Plunge.” Finally, the “Support a Plunger” campaign allows fans to support other Polar Plunge participants—all in the spirit of inclusion.
Also new in 2022—Special Olympics Wisconsin launched the Polar Plunge® referral program. Registered plungers who raise $75 and refer new participants are eligible for a $25 VISA gift card.
All funds raised for this unique winter tradition go directly to Special Olympics Wisconsin, including helping nearly 9,000 statewide SOWI athletes train and compete at the state, national, and international level. The event also supports year-round health and wellness programs that enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID).
Additionally, nearly 100 athletes, coaches, and support staff will represent Team Wisconsin this June at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. The Wisconsin delegation will #ShineAsOne as it goes for gold and brings home a lifetime of memories. Polar Plunge® participants make these memories possible!
For more information about the Team Wisconsin delegation or the Special Olympics Wisconsin movement itself, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org.