Lake County

Fox Lake Polar Plunge to make a splash for Special Olympics Illinois

Shaw Media file photo Cary Grove freshman Andrew Stokes belly flops into a pool during the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois at Lakefront Park on Sunday February 22, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill.[]

FOX LAKE – The Village of Fox Lake is inviting the community to “Take the Plunge” into the frigid waters of Nippersink Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois starting at 1 p.m. Sunday from the shores at Lakefront Park.

In its 10th year, Fox Lake village officials said they are thrilled to be a part of the Polar Plunge challenge where thousands of jumpers at 21 locations across Illinois take a flying leap into frigid waters to support the cause.

Organizers said Miss Illinois Jaryn Franklin will be a judge at the plunge. Franklin’s platform is  “advocating for individuals with disabilities.”

Participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in donations from family, friends, and co-workers to take a dip. The money collected will benefit the Special Olympics Illinois Athletes from Lake and McHenry counties. Additional incentive prizes will be rewarded to participants who collect $250, $500 and $1,000 in donations.

Anyone may participate, but people younger than 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Plungers also will receive an official Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt and those who raise the top amount in their respective categories will be acknowledged with Post-Plunge Awards.

Visit to register. Check-in is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on site the day of the event.