SOUTH BEND, IN – For the eighth year in a row, Four Winds Field will host the South Bend Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Registration is now open, and participants are encouraged to register online. Those who do not wish to participate but want to make a donation
SOUTH BEND, IN – For the eighth year in a row, Four Winds Field will host the South Bend Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Registration is now open, and participants are encouraged to register online. Those who do not wish to participate but want to make a donation can donate to the South Bend Cubs plunge team and could win a free Outdoor Suite for the 2024 season.
All participants who raise the minimum $99.00 for Special Olympics Indiana will receive an official Polar Plunge event t-shirt and cup, with additional prizes and incentives offered to those who raise more. Individuals who go beyond in their efforts to support the Polar Plunge by raising a minimum of $4,000 are eligible to be recognized as Super Plungers. Seventeen individuals earned this distinction in 2023.
Fans who donate $40 or more to the South Bend Cubs plunge will be entered to win an outdoor suite to a 2024 South Bend Cubs game (valid April 9 – May 2) which includes up to 16 tickets and the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Jumping into a freezing pool or natural body of water in the middle of winter may seem like a crazy idea, but over the past 25 years, thousands upon thousands of our supporters have risen to the challenge, braved the elements, and made Special Olympics Indiana's annual Polar Plunge a huge success. And with a total of 19 Polar Plunge events set to be held at 15 venues across the state this winter, you're sure to find a convenient location to make a splash for our athletes. Be Bold. Get Cold.
“The 2024 Polar Plunge season marks the 25th Anniversary of Special Olympics Indiana’s largest annual fundraising effort,” said President & CEO of Special Olympics Indiana Jeff Mohler. “While 25 years marks the silver anniversary, we ask that our supporters BE BOLD, GET COLD, and help our athletes WIN GOLD! There is no better partner in helping our athletes win gold than the South Bend Cubs! Thank you, Cubs. Thank you, South Bend. And we hope to see you BE BOLD on February 24!”
More than 3,000 individuals take the plunge in a typical year to raise vital funds that make a lasting difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. To date, the Polar Plunge has generated more than $11 million in support of Special Olympics Indiana’s year-round programs and events.
“We’re proud to partner with Special Olympics Indiana for our 8th consecutive Polar Plunge,” said South Bend Cubs Assistant General Manager for Marketing & Media Chris Hagstrom-Jones. “The event has grown every year with many plungers coming back year after year. Since 2017, we’ve raised over $130,000 to help our local Special Olympics athletes participate in events around the state. Even if you don’t want to take the plunge, I encourage our fans to make a donation to our Cubs Team Plunge.”
About Special Olympics Indiana
Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is part of the global Special Olympics movement, created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities. Its vision is an inclusive world, driven by the power of sport, through which people with intellectual disabilities live active, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the High-A affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 34 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2022, and has captured nine division titles. In 2022, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best High-A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest, having also won the award as a Low-A ballpark in 2017. In 2019, the South Bend Cubs hosted the final Midwest League All-Star Game. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill. More information is available at SouthBendCubs.com.