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The 2020 Polar Plunge is Coming!

Post Date:02/06/2020

Polar Plunge 2019The Polar Plunge is coming to Eden Prairie on March 7! This is your opportunity to jump into the icy waters of Eden Prairie’s Riley Lake – or cheer on others!

The event is part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, a statewide fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Minnesota. This is the 13th year a Polar Plunge event has occurred in Eden Prairie. Last year 488 plungers raised $115,577, which brought the total amount raised in Eden Prairie over time to more than $1.3 million!

To date in 2020, 184 people have signed up to plunge and have raised $22,806 in online pledges. There will also be a Pro Sports Plunge at Riley Lake on March 7 with executives from the Timberwolves, Wild and United.

In addition to the events on March 7, Riley Lake will host a Cool School plunge for students March 6. Last year, 236 students participated the Eden Prairie Cool School plunge raising $48,978. The Twins and Lynx will hold a free family-friendly tailgate open to plungers and non-plungers featuring meet-and-greets with team mascots, games, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you would like to join the fun and help raise money for the Special Olympics by either plunging or pledging, go to Polar Plunge Eden Prairie.

Law enforcement agencies have a close relationship with the Special Olympics. The EPPD helps out with a number of annual Special Olympics fundraising events, including the Polar Plunge, under the umbrella of the Special Olympics Torch Run. Law enforcement officers are considered to be the “Guardians” of the “Flame of Hope,” which is lit during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics games each summer.

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