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RELEASE: Springfield preps for 9th Annual Polar Plunge

Springfield Polar Plunge

SPRINGFIELD – The 9th Annual Springfield Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, March 2. Brave men and women from around the area will don Hawaiian-themed costumes and swimwear and take “polar” dips into Ski Shack Cable Park Lake. Their Reason for Freezin’ is 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 Southwest 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 Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D. It will take place at the Ski Shack 5539 S Campbell Ave, Springfield MO 65810. Day-of registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the Plunge starts promptly at noon.

“The Polar Plunge is an exhilarating event that not only tests our courage, but it also unites our community,” Plunge Coordinator Haley Blevins said. “The Plunge symbolizes our collective commitment to increasing confidence in those with intellectual disabilities across the state.”

In 2023, Springfield Polar Plungers raised more than $64,000 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 $75,000, and organizers hope to break the million-dollar mark across the state with more than 10 events.

SOMO is also offering a Super Plunge option for its most dedicated participants, beginning the day before the Springfield Polar Plunge. Super Plungers must raise at least $2,500 for the privilege to Plunge 24 times in 24 hours. The Super Plunge will begin on Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at Ski Shack Cable Park Lake.

Costumes are highly encouraged. Awards will be given in the following categories for pre-registered Plungers only:

  • Top Fundraisers
  • Top Fundraising Group
  • Top Fundraising School

Golden Plunger awards for the most creative costumes will also be presented to Top Group and Top Individual. 

No wet suits are allowed, and shoes are required.

The easiest and most efficient way to register and fundraise is online. Simply go to our online fundraising page to sign up. We encourage Plungers to email their friends and families to support their Plunge efforts. Paper registration forms are also available at the SOMO Southwest Area Office, 3524 S National Ave, Springfield MO 65807. Mail or deliver pre-registration forms and the minimum $75 contribution to Special Olympics Missouri Plunge 3524 S National Ave, Springfield MO 65807.

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 – Quick Dry Beach Towel, $500 – Sling Backpack, $1,000 – 30oz Stanley Cup & Quick Dry Beach Towel, and $2,000 – Touch Screen Gloves & all other items.

SOMO is lucky to have three Plunge Ambassadors helping with this event. Our Plunge Ambassadors for this year’s Plunge are Jody Davis, Jeremy Tucker, and Justin Tucker. They are all SOMO athletes, and they have been working for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge!

If you’d like to set up an interview with any of our Plunge Ambassadors or receive any additional information about the Polar Plunge, please contact Haley Blevins at 636-575-3570 or email

Thank you so much to our sponsors!

  • Our Polar Level sponsors are Pinegar Honda, iHeart Media, KY3, and Ski Shack
  • Our Tundra Level sponsors are Gold Mountain Communications and SRC Holdings Corp.