VERMILLION — Special Olympics South Dakota (SOSD) and Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics are calling on all Vermillion residents with daring souls and warm hearts, willing to brave the cold for the Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Old Lumber Company Grill and Bar, 15 Court St., Vermillion.

At the Polar Plunge, participants raise funds then jump into chilly waters to show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics and increase awareness for people living with intellectual disabilities across South Dakota. Plungers set their own fundraising goals prior to the event and collect pledges in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters. Each person must raise a minimum of $100 and can participate as an individual, or can create a team with friends, co-workers or classmates. Students will also have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.

Each year, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held across the country to raise awareness and attract communities to this thrilling fundraising event. This year’s plunge will help provide funds for year-round sports training and competition for more than 2,600 children and adults living with intellectual disabilities in South Dakota, at no cost to the athletes.

The annual fundraiser is organized by local committee members, including South Dakota Law Enforcement.

To register online, visit You can also call (605) 331-4117 to register or volunteer.

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