Dec. 12, 2013
ANN ARBOR -- 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 coach 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 2014 Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
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 http://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 football locker rooms. Prior to taking the field for the 'Polar Plunge,' a pre-game talk will commence by one of the celebrity judges. Then, plungers will make their way down the famed Big House tunnel and jump into a pool on the field. Plungers will participate in an award ceremony and lunch after the event.
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 2014 Polar Plunge T-shirt.
Michigan Athletics has set a goal to raise $175,000 for Special Olympics. The most money ever raised in Washtenaw County for Special Olympics was $125,419 at last year's inaugural Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium.
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 Athletics has a department-wide community service relationship with the Special Olympics of Michigan.
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423