Michigan Announces Plans for Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics

Dec. 13, 2012

Register for Polar Plunge

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Are you interested in taking the plunge in Michigan Stadium? Have you always dreamt of using the Big House locker rooms? Do you want to walk down the famed tunnel and onto the field before taking the plunge? Have you ever wanted to be inspired by Michigan football coaches Lloyd Carr and Brady Hoke

If so, this is your chance to fulfill any or all of those dreams. The University of Michigan Athletic Department will host the 2013 Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Michigan has a department-wide community service relationship with the Special Olympics of Michigan.

Each participant will need to raise $75 in order to participate and jump into a cold pool at the Big House. Individuals interested in taking the plunge can pre-register online at www.firstgiving.com or on site the day of the event.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the tunnel entrance of Michigan Stadium. Participants will enter the tunnel and change into their outfits or costumes in the locker room. Prior to taking the field for 'Polar Plunge,' a pre-game talk will commence in the Michigan football team locker room by one of the celebrity judges. Then, plungers will make their way down the famed Big House tunnel and plunge into a pool on the field. Plungers will participate in an award ceremony and lunch immediately following the event.

Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr and current U-M football coach Brady Hoke are among the celebrity judges scheduled to appear at the Polar Plunge. In addition, Olympian Peter Vanderkaay, Miss Washtenaw County Marissa Cowan and WDIV-TV sports director Bernie Smilovitz will join the football duo as judges.

The Polar Plunge is known for its wacky costume contest where plungers will compete for awards that range from best to worst costume, most creative, craziest, best Michigan theme and many more. All plungers will receive an official 2013 Polar Plunge T-shirt.

Michigan Athletics has set two goals for this event, having 350 Polar Plungers and raising $100,000 for Special Olympics. The most money ever raised in Washtenaw County for Special Olympics was $68,000 for a golf outing that former legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler headlined for the charity.

The Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium, one of 28 held around the state, is a major fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Monies raised go to support the athletes competing in the local, regional, state, national and international competitions.

For more information on the Polar Plunge at the Big House or Special Olympics of Michigan, visit www.somi.org or call 800-644-6404.

Michigan Announces Partnership with Special Olympics (11/29/2012)

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