Windsor Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario Goes Virtual

(A video screen capture of Windsor Police Constable Talya Natyshak participating in the Virtual Windsor Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario. Source of image above Windsor Police Service Facebook Page, Tues., Feb. 16, 2021 at 1:05pm.)

Windsor and Essex County Law Enforcement Agencies are once again are partnering with St. Clair College to support Special Olympics Ontario through the annual Polar Plunge, however it looks a little different this year as the plunge goes virtual.

There will be no belly flops or cannonballs into their plunge pool, but instead they encourage individuals to be creative and have some splashy fun in your own backyard. You could have an ice cold bath or shower, jump in a kiddie pool, run through the sprinkler, be on the receiving end of a bucket of water or come up with your own creative and safe way to show your support for the plunge.

Windsor Police Auxiliary members jump into pool.

Windsor Police Auxiliary members jumping into the Polar Plunge pool in support of Special Olympics Ontario at St. Clair College on Feb. 4, 2017. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

“The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event that our community has come to look forward to every year,” Windsor Police event coordinator, Constable Adam Young. “This has been a challenging year and I am glad to see that we can continue the great tradition that is Polar Plunge, even if it has to be virtual.”

Here is how you can participate:

Register for the plunge by visiting www.polarplunge.ca

Virtually “Plunge” any day between February 1 to February 28, 2021.

Record and post your Plunge video on social media. Be sure to use hashtags #PlungeON #PolarPlungeYQG so your videos can be found.

Polar Plunge: Windsor Police Constable Darius Goze

A video screen capture of Windsor Police Constable Darius Goze participating in the Virtual Windsor Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario. Source Windsor Police Service Facebook Page posted on Tues., Feb. 16, 2021 at 1:05pm.

Special Olympics Ontario athletes have been keeping active through virtual programing since March 2020. The athletes are eager and anxious to be able to return to their in-person sports and programming when it is safe to do so. “The support from events such as the Virtual Polar Plunge are pivotal every year, but especially this year,” expressed Cody Jansma, Director of Business Development at Special Olympics Ontario. “These events help locally to ensure that every athlete can make it back to the playing field and are not be left behind.”

Final participants to jump during the 2018 Windsor Polar Plunge.

The final group of participants jump into the icy water to conclude the 4th Annual Windsor Polar Plunge outside the St. Clair College SportsPlex on Friday, March 2, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Since the inaugural event in 2015, over 1,000 brave participants have taken part in the icy plunge held annually in Windsor, and have raised over $300,000 in support of Special Olympics Ontario. Please show your support by taking the VIRTUAL Plunge or donating today at www.polarplunge.ca

The Windsor Police Service is proud to support the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario. Several of their members will be participating over the course of the month and taking the virtual plunge. They are excited to join in on this year’s virtual fundraiser where they will be Freezin’ For A Reason!

Windsor Police officer cold and wet after emerging from beneath Polar Plunge pool waters.

A Windsor Police officer is cold and wet after emerging from beneath Polar Plunge pool waters in support of Special Olympics Ontario at St. Clair College on Feb. 4, 2017. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

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