2023 Polar Plunge Participant Toolkit

Thank you so much for participating in the 2023 LETR Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Please use the buttons below to find the materials that will help guide you as you get ready to BE COOL and TAKE THE PLUNGE.

We encourage you to personalize your messaging and share your WHY. Tell others what Special Olympics Illinois means to you by sharing your stories, pictures, and experiences.

Thank you again for your commitment to supporting Special Olympics Illinois. For questions regarding the social toolkit specifically, please contact Lauryn Oleson at loleson@soill.org. For additional questions about the 2023 LETR Polar Plunge, please email polarplunge@soill.org.

Please note, all online fundraising should be done through the provided Fundraising Page created during the registration process. Funds raised through third-party pages (Go Fund Me, Facebook Donations, etc.) cannot be credited towards your fundraising efforts due to a lack of information provided by those companies when distributing funds raised. Be sure to use your personal fundraising link for any posts or stories you share on your social channels.

If you are participating in the Super Plunge, please visit the Super Plunge Participant Toolkit here.

Videos

Sample Social Posts

Please tag Special Olympics Illinois in your posts! And, remember, funds raised through third-party pages (Go Fund Me, Facebook Donations, etc.) cannot be credited towards your fundraising efforts, so please use your personal fundraising link as noted in the sample copy.

Post #1
I’ve pledged to #PlungeIllinois this year, and I need your help! Every year, Special Olympics Illinois hosts hundreds of events for persons with intellectual disabilities, and FYI - each donation of $150 sends one athlete to a competition. Help me make a difference by donating today! [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK]

Post #2
Here’s the 411 - I’m taking on #PlungeIllinois to support the thousands of athletes that compete with Special Olympics Illinois. This organization changes lives by unleashing the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day. Join in supporting the mission. Donate here: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK]. 

Post #3
I have chosen to #PlungeIllinois this year in support of the life-changing mission of Special Olympics Illinois. When you donate, you help thousands of athletes in Illinois realize their full potential in sports and in life. So BE COOL and join me in helping to make the world a more inclusive place! Donate: [INSERT PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK]. 

Social Graphics

Below, please find social graphics sized as square images for posts on your newsfeed or timeline as well as images sized to create a story on your social channels. To save these images on your desktop, simply right click and select "save image as." On mobile, press and hold until a prompt pops up and save the image on your camera roll.

Square images for social feed

Images for social stories

Facebook cover image

Email banner

SOILL Social Profiles

Please connect with Special Olympics Illinois through our social media channels. Don't forget to tag us in your posts throughout plunge season so we can stay up-to-date with you activities leading up to the big event.

Please connect with the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run through our social media channels. Don't forget to tag us in your posts so we can stay up-to-date with your activities leading up to the big event.

*Please be safe with your Create Your Own Plunge choices. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Create Your Own Plunge option. Learn more here.*

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