Please note there is a $25 registration fee that goes towards the $50 fundraising minimum to plunge. All participants must meet the $50 fundraising requirement to plunge.
Join us at the 2018 Polar Plunges - The official event of winter! Individuals have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge into the icy cold water for thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! Get a thrill from the chill and join us in Gonzales, Mandeville, or Shreveport!
What is it? The Polar Plunge® is one of Special Olympics Louisiana's largest fundraisers. With the help of our Law Enforcement Torch Run comrades this event is attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include a costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.
Who? Individuals and teams from businesses and organizations, alongside our athletes and thousands of community members, experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the icy cold water during the winter for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes!!
Don't have what it takes? Come watch! If taking an icy dip isn't for you, then come be a fan of fun as you watch folks Run, Plunge and Freeze for a great cause OR "Donate to a Plunger". The Polar Plunge® is open to the public and also features musical entertainment, food, costumes, vendor displays, children's activities and more. There is no fee to view the Plunge, but donations are always welcomed.
Gonzales - February 17th, 2018 @ Cabela's
Shreveport - February 24th, 2018 @ East Ridge Country Club
Mandeville- 2018 date TBA @ Fontainebleau State Park
Asking for donations is never easy and it can leave even the most outgoing person with trembling knees! This tool kit was designed to aid participants in their fundraising efforts. Successfully asking for donations involves a good deal of preparation, some solid groundwork in finding the people you are going to ask and using the right "approach" to convince them to donate!
All that being said...What's the #1 reason that people give? Because you ask them to! Remember that your passion and your enthusiasm for the event and/or the cause are your BEST asset!
Click here to check out more tips and templates to help you reach your fundraising goal!
Polar Plunge Incentives:
The last day to raise funds is the day of Polar Plunge. The incentives that participants have earned through fundraising by January 1 will be ordered and we guarantee you will receive them on event day. However, any money earned after January 1 will still be included in your total and those incentives will still be earned but you may not receive them until after the plunge.
(For example: If you have reached $250 by January 1, SOLA will order a T-shirt and a towel for you. If you raise another $250 by the plunge day and your GRAND TOTAL is $500, then you have aslo earned a jacket, but will only recieve on the plunge day if the supply is available. If not, you will recieve it in the mail within a month after the plunge.)
$250: T-shirt + Towel
$500: T-shirt + Towel + Jacket
Be sure to check out any extra incentives and other SOLA merchandise can be purchased at the Shiver Shop on the day of the event!