Members of the Wheaton Police Department are preparing to “Be Bold, Get Cold” with a Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Illinois. On March 6, the Wheaton Police Department’s team, “Frosted Donuts,” will be volunteering their time to plunge into chilly waters at Wheaton Fire Station 38 to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. The team is joined by members of the Wheaton Fire Department and Community Unit School District 200.
Due to the pandemic, Special Olympics Illinois is making this year’s Polar Plunge program a little different, while still helping support its more than 23,100 athletes. In place of a large event, participants are showing their creativity in hosting their own local plunges with all proceeds supporting Special Olympics Illinois. While we won’t be able to invite the community to see our Polar Plunge this year due to the need to limit large gatherings, we will record our plunge on video to share with the community.
“The Wheaton Police Department is excited to support Special Olympics Illinois with our own local plunge,” said Wheaton Police Department Community Engagement Officer Crystal Miroballi. “We are grateful to help provide the opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to participate in Special Olympics programs, and we’re ready to be bold and get cold!”
Those who would like to learn more or support Wheaton’s Frosted Donuts team can visit the team’s page on the Special Olympics Illinois website. Team members are listed under the “Roster” tab.
In addition, you can show support by doing your own Plunge at Home for Special Olympics Illinois with your own twist, such as a plunge into an icy bathtub or into the snow. Find out more about the Plunge at Home challenge, and be sure to share it with the City by using the hashtag #BeBoldGetCold and tagging Special Olympics Illinois and @CityOfWheaton (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) before March 14.
City of Wheaton Public Information Officer Susan Bishel