The 24th Annual Special Olympics Sioux Falls Polar Dive will take place on May 7

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – Special Olympics South Dakota invites community members and students to raise funds and awareness by participating in the annual Sioux Falls Polar Plunge to be held at J&L Harley-Davidson on Saturday May 7.

The weather may be warmer, but the water is still cold for divers.

On-site registration for the Polar Plunge will take place at J&L Harley-Davidson beginning at 11:00 a.m., with the dive beginning at 1:00 p.m. Additional details and pre-registration are available at SOSD.Org/Polar-Plunge.

As the organization’s signature fundraiser for more than 20 years, the Polar Plunge directly benefits more than 2,750 Special Olympics athletes throughout South Dakota and plays a vital role in ensuring that a number always growing number of children and adults with developmental disabilities continue to benefit from no-cost participation in life-changing sport, health, education and leadership programs.

Bringing together students and local supporters to raise funds in “Freezin’ for a Reason,” the Sioux Falls Polar Plunge will be one of five diving events Special Olympics South Dakota hosts throughout 2022, officials say.

Students (K-12 and college) are invited to raise $50, while other attendees raise a minimum of $100 in pledges before taking an ice bath to demonstrate their commitment to the cause, with incentives presented at those who go above and beyond with their fundraising. Divers can register as individuals or gather friends, family, colleagues or others and register as a team. Fans can also register as “Virtual Plungers” and fundraise, then post their Plunge video on social media using #PlungeSD22.

“We as Law Enforcement Torch Run are always overwhelmed and amazed at the outpouring of support Special Olympics South Dakota receives through our Polar Plunge events,” said Jim Smit, director of Law Enforcement Torch Run South Dakota. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the biggest awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics, we are so lucky to have people ready to jump into the freezing water to show their support for our athletes.”

Spectators and guests are welcome to attend the festivities. According to a press release, to date, Polar Plunge events have raised over $70,000 so far this year, in support of the organization’s year-round programs and events.

Authorities say the 2022 Special Olympics South Dakota Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics South Dakota and is sponsored statewide by RPM Companies, Midco, J&L Harley-Davidson, Pioneer Bank & Trust and Black Hills Harley-Davidson.

Visit SOSD.Org/Polar-Plunge to learn more about the Polar Plunge, see the full schedule of events, or register or donate to support a participating individual or team.

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