Polar Plunge 2022 at LMCU Ballpark
On February 19th brave plungers all over the Grand Rapids area came to LMCU Ballpark to participate in the 2022 Polar Plunge. This and other Polar Plunges in the state are hosted by Special Olympics Michigan to raise money for sports gear, training, and athletic competition. The money raised assists over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan who love to play sports!
Athletes, family members, and friends took a cold dive for a great cause. This year was a huge success for Special Olympics Michigan. Their initial goal for donations was $70,000 but the people of West Michigan had another goal in mind.
“We are so thrilled with how the Polar Plunge turned out. Thank you, thank you to you and the Whitecaps team for all of the hard work you put into making it a success. We truly cannot say thank you enough. The Grand Rapids Polar Plunge has raised over $140,000! As a state, we’ve raised $1.2 million so far, and we still have a few more Plunges to go! The Grand Rapids plunge has raised the most of any of our 30+ plunges, and we’re immensely grateful for the HUGE part you’ve played in making that happen. “ – Kristie Kigar, Special Olympics Michigan
Even though the temperature barely went over 20ºF everybody at the event was lively and didn’t seem to mind the cold too much. There were over 50 plungers and it looked like all of them had a blast doing it. There was food, drinks, and music for people to enjoy while they waited to plunge, and heated lamps to keep them warm before and after their icy dip. The local police and firefighters showed up to help out with the event, so a big thanks to Law Enforcement Torch Run.
We would like to thank Special Olympics Michigan for using the LMCU Ballpark for this outstanding fundraiser. We were glad to see everybody show up and enjoy the dive! If you want to get involved or donate to the Special Olympics Michigan click here to get started. Congratulations to everybody who donated, participated, and supported the Polar Plunge this year!