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Hello! The time has come for us to lean in and I couldn’t be more excited!

About 3 years ago I was fortunate enough to meet the Schaefers family at Healthtrack. They were always very kind and welcoming so when the opportunity came last year to do the polar plunge for their sweet Eileen I couldn’t say no! Of course I was a little nervous, it was something I had never done before but the excitement took over! We had the most fun day and all for a great cause! 

My favorite memory of Eileen! The time had come when Eileen was ready to leave the baby room and go out into the big bad play room! Eileen officially had the big “T” on her name tag and this meant she could go in the gym! When it was time for the toddlers to go in I went out with Eileen. Her eyes widened and her smile was priceless. She wondered around the gym for 30 minutes as happy as could be. I remember watching in awe, thinking if only more people could see the world through her eyes.

I choose to do the polar plunge not only because Eileen is the sweetest girl but to spread awareness, to teach others to be accepting and to embrace our differences!

Join us for the 2020 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson on Sunday, March 1st for the 20th Anniversary! Take the challenge and jump in Lake Michigan for Special Olympics Chicago! All are welcome to join us, whether you go knee deep, waist high, or take the full plunge. 

Be #FREEZINFORAREASON and support the 7,500+ special olympians who compete year-round in the city of Chicago. All funds raised will benefit the Special Olympics Chicago athletes, covering program costs such as transportation, sports equipment, team uniforms and food. Through your participation, people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities and success. 

Plunge as an individual alongside other supporters, join a team or create your own fearless team. Recruit friends, family and co-workers to #MAKEASPLASH. Teams with 20 members or more will be awarded for their efforts with a free, round-trip bus. Teams that raise $20,000 or moe are eligible to receive a 20x20 tent. All are invited to the post-plunge "Melt Down Party" with music, food, cash bar and more! 

Make the #PolarPromise and register for the Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson today. See you Sunday, March 1, 2020! 




Check out past Chicago Polar Plunge!





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