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RELEASE: SOMO gets set for 8th Annual Springfield Polar Plunge

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Springfield, MO  – The 8th Annual Polar Plunge will take place on March 4, 2023. Brave men and women from around the area will don disco-themed costumes and swimwear and take “polar” dips into Cable Park at the Ski Shack. Their Reason for Freezin’. . .  the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO)! All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit training and competition for the thousands of SOMO athletes across the state, including right here in the Springfield Area. 

The Polar Plunge is open to anyone 10 years or older who is a fan of having a good time for a good cause. The event is hosted by the Springfield Police Department and Highway Patrol Troop D and will take place at Cable Park at The Ski Shack 5539 S Campbell Ave. Springfield, MO. Day-of registration begins at 10:00 am and the Plunge starts promptly at 11:30 am.  

“It’s exciting to see the community come together to support our athletes.” – Haley Blevins 

In 2022, Polar Plungers raised over $73,000 for SOMO athletes. Each participant must raise a minimum of $75 to take the Plunge and can earn incentives by reaching fundraising goals. This year’s goal is $85,000 and organizers hope to break the million-dollar mark across the state with 10 events.  

Costumes are highly encouraged. Awards will be given in the following categories: Top Fundraisers in the Law Enforcement, School and Community categories, (All must be pre-registered.) Golden Plunger Awards for the most creative costumes will also be presented in the Law Enforcement, School and Community categories 

No wet suits are allowed and shoes are required. 

The easiest and most efficient way to register and fundraise is online! Simply go to this link and email your friends and families to support your Plunge. Paper registration forms are also available at the SOMO St. Louis Metro Area office. Mail or deliver pre-registration forms and the minimum $75 contribution to Special Olympics Missouri Plunge 2945 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144. 

Plunging participants will receive an official Polar Plunge commemorative shirt, bragging rights for freezing your fur off, and a Plunger meal. Participants can also receive incentives for reaching fundraising goals: $250 – Beanie, $500 – Robe, $1,000 – Speaker and $2,000 – Fleece Zip-up jacket and beanie. 

SOMO is lucky to have Jody Davis helping out with this event. She is a SOMO athlete, and she has been working for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge!  

Polar Plunge sponsors include The Ski Shack, Gold Mountain, SRC, iHeart Media, D&E Music, Springfield Police Officer’s Association,  

For more information about the Polar Plunge, please contact Haley Blevins at (636) 575-3570 or email 

Special Olympics Missouri  

Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Thousands of athletes participate in 16 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. SOMO provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri. 

SOMO is proud of our financial health, returning 78% of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Guidestar Gold Level and Charity Navigator 4-star rating. Special Olympics was also recently named Morning Consult’s No. 4 most trusted nonprofit. 

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.  

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