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The Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Polar Plunge® winter fundraiser is a unique opportunity for brave Wisconsinites to be “Freezin’ for a Reason”! To support Special Olympics athletes, Plungers leap into icy bodies of water across the state. Plungers consist of individuals and teams of students, law enforcement officers, business professionals and families. Anyone is welcome! Too Chicken? No problem! Register as “Too Chicken to Plunge” and you can raise pledges, earn incentives and stay dry.

Last year, over 200 individuals participated in the Whitewater Polar Plunge, raising more than $40,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Ways to Participate
Register online or download the event brochure and donation form. Cash and check donations should be turned in at event check-in. Checks can be made payable to Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Polar Plunge Location
Cravath Lakefront Park
341 South Fremont Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

Plunge Times and Waiver

When you check-in for the Polar Plunge, you will be given a Plunge time. If you raise more than $1,000 as a team, you get to choose your time.. Timeslots begin at 12:10 p.m. and continue until the last Plunger finishes. If you would like an early Plunge time, it is recommended that you attend an Early Check-In Event.

Download the Polar Plunge.

Event Check-In

Early Check-In Events
Turn in pledges, receive incentives, sign waivers and select your Plunge times (they range from 12:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) .

  • 2/14/2014
    2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. –UW Whitewater, University Center Concourse
Important! Only one team member needs to attend Early Check-In, but they must bring the following for each team member:
  • Registration form (if the individual did not register online).
  • Cash and check donations (each team member must have raised a minimum of $75).
  • Signed release of liability waiver. NOTE: If you have team members under the age of 18 they must have a parent/guardian sign this.
Day of Event Check-In
If you did not attend an Early Check-in event, you must check-in inside at the Registration area between 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the day of the event. You will need:

You will need:
  • Registration form (if the individual did not register online).
  • Cash and check donations (each team member must have a minimum of $75).
  • se of liability waiver (NOTE: Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign this and bring it along. Adults can sign one on site or print one and bring it along).
Polar Plunge Parking and Shuttles

Parking is limited at Whitewater City Hall. Shuttle buses, provided by Nelson’s Bus Service, Inc., will make continuous rounds from the main entrance of the UW-Whitewater Visitor’s Center located at 826 W. Starin Rd. to Cravath Park.

Polar Plunge Event Schedule

February 14, 2014

  • Early Check-In
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. UW-Whitewater University Center Concourse
February 15, 2014
  • Registration
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony & Plunging
    12:00 p.m.
  • Chili Cookoff
    11:00 a.m.
  • Law Enforcement Mission Impossible
    1:00 p.m.
Contest Categories
Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Best individual costume
  • Best team costume
  • Best individual plunge
  • Best team plunge
Event Contact

Brittany Neukirchen
Regional Director of Development
Special Olympics Wisconsin – Southeastern Region
6100 Washington Ave. Suite E1
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 598-9507

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