The Polar Plunge is Special Olympics Wisconsin’s largest event of the year. Thousands of individuals take the plunge to help support the 10,425 Special Olympics athletes we have in the state of Wisconsin. However, you don’t have to actually take the plunge to be involved! Just ask, Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete, Peter.
Peter is an athlete from the Eau Claire area who has participated in Special Olympics for more than 20 years. While he has been involved with almost every sport we offer, his favorite is by far swimming. Peter said, “I love swimming, I don’t think I will ever be able to give it up! I’ve had a lot of success swimming and I love it.”
Although Peter loves to be in the water, he says he is a little too chicken to plunge. Instead of plunging, Peter has been involved with the Polar Plunge by singing the national anthem and leading the athlete oath.
Another way Peter is involved with the Polar Plunge is through his jewelry. Peter started out making bracelets as a therapeutic activity, but when his friends and teammates started complementing his pieces, he decided to sell them at Special Olympics events. Peter now makes anklets, in addition to his bracelets, and sells them at sports tournaments and other SOWI fundraisers for $5 each. He then donates the money back to Special Olympics Wisconsin to support athletes like himself. In total, Peter has raised over $1,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Whether you’re plunging, donating, or supporting athletes like Peter, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the Polar Plunge. Register today!