2021 Springfield Polar Plunge (and other, less cold options) 

 February 28, 2021

By  Carla Broderick

It’s that time of year again to get out there in the freezing weather for a super cool (pun intended) cause!

If you’re the adventurous type and like to help raise money for an amazing organization, this event might be right up your alley.

The Polar Plunge is coming to Springfield, Mo in the beginning of March to benefit the Special Olympics of Missouri.

Are you ready to dive in?

The Reason Behind the Freezin

The 2021 Springfield Polar Plunge is being held to raise funds for the athletes involved in SOMO (Special Olympics of Missouri).

SOMO provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to access year-round sports training and athletic competition (i.e. the Special Olympics).

The mission statement on SOMO’s website further explains the main reason behind the Special Olympics for the intellectually disabled is:

  • “giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.”

How great is that!

Here are two ways you can help and have fun at the same time.

One: The Springfield Polar Plunge

This year’s Springfield Polar Plunge will be happening on March, 6 at Ski Shack’s Cable Park, on Campbell just south of the Library Center.

Here’s what to know before you go:

  • You need to be at least 10 years old to participate and,
  • Make sure you raise the minimum of $75 by event day.

I’m sure there are plenty of people you know who would pay money to see you jump into freezing waters!

Go here to get started!!

Psst…  you can still be Polar without taking the Plunge

If you’re more into staying on dry land during the winter, the second way you can help is to venture outside of 417 land to a few surrounding cities that are doing a Polar Bear Strut.

If joining a 5K on dry land (and probably avoiding hypothermia) seems more your speed, you can head on over to Rolla (deets here) or Lake of the Ozark (deets here) to raise some money for SOMO without getting wet.

Whatever route you choose, yay for you getting out there and being part of a great cause!

Carla Broderick

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