By Anna Berend

Polar Bear Plunge MN
Special Olympics MN

There’s nothing like an icy, cold plunge into a freezing Minnesota lake to get the heart pumping. If this gets your heart to thumping just thinking about the exhilarating thrill of the plunge, then you should definitely give it a go and register for this great cause right away. In 2011, almost 11,000 people took the icy challenge in Minnesota that raised 2.2 million dollars for Special Olympics Minnesota.

In 2011, there were 14 Polar Bear Plunge events with events taking place from Jan. 28 to March 17. And in 2012 there will be 15 chances to dive into the icy cold waters throughout the Twin Cities area. You can register for the 2012 Polar Bear Plunges here.

If you’ve never entertained the idea of participating in the Polar Bear Plunge and shutter at the mere idea of jumping into a lake in the middle of the winter, there is another way for you to participate in this Special Olympics fundraiser. Each person taking the plunge is asked to raise money for the cause by getting sponsors to pledge to donate money.

If you’re like me, this is where you come in. You can still feel proud for helping raise money for this worthy cause and you don’t even have to get wet.

56509603 Braving The Cold For A Cause: Polar Bear Plunge Events

(credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

This invigorating fundraiser provides yearly sports training and competition opportunities to over 7,100 adults and children with intellectual disabilities. The more money raised by the Special Olympics, the more programs this organization can offer and the more individuals this group can assist.

Not cold enough, yet? Take a look at our guide to Overnight Ice fishing.

Anna Berend is an attorney and the author of Motherly Law Blog. On Motherly Law, Anna writes about legal issues that affect families and offers tips and resources that pertain to those legal topics. On occasion, inspiration strikes and Anna writes about something totally unrelated to the law.You can find Anna at, on Facebook at Motherly Law and on Twitter @MotherlyLaw.


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