January 26, 2019

Thanks for making this the Greatest Plunge on Earth!

AIR TEMP: 38 degrees

WATER TEMP: 34 degrees 

PLUNGERS: 803

MONEY RAISED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES: $281,000 and counting!

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AWARD WINNERS

  • Individuals: 
  •  1st Place: Kari Monsees, $2,409
  •  Top Super Plunger: Chad Meyer: $125,610
  • Top School: Belton Pirate Plungers, $17,105
  • Top Team: CU In The Water, $11,498
  • Top Law Enforcement: Riverside PD, $4,059
  • Golden Plunger Awards 
  • Individuals:
  • Gold: Polar Bear, David Baertschi
  • Silver: Clown, Cara Hornbeck
  • Bronze: Ramen Noodle, Zach Smith
  • Groups: 
  • Gold: Circus, Riverside Police Dept. 
  • Silver: Moana, Travis Bourbon & family 
  • Bronze: Wizard of Oz, Kevin Cameron & friends 

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE Visit our Flickr for downloadable event photos (coming soon) and YouTube for the video of the Plunge!

ADDITIONAL DONATIONS: It’s common for friends and relatives to wait until after the Plunge for proof that you actually went into the lake.  That means now is the time for them to make a donation!  For those who created fundraising websites, your site will remain active through April to receive donations.  You may also send any checks or money orders payable to SOMO to: SOMO, Attn: Polar Plunge, 9001 W 67th St, Merriam, KS 66202.  If you have any questions, please email us

SEA-DOO GIVEAWAY EXTENDED! You now have until March 9 to raise and turn in $500 for an entry to win a 2018 Sea-Doo GTI SE! Thank you to Missouri Powersports Dealers Association for the Sea-Doo donation.   

SHIRTS If you didn’t receive your shirt on Plunge day, it has been ordered. Shirts will be mailed to the address on your event registration. If you don’t receive your shirt by March 19, please contact Kami Delameter.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Want to become more involved with SOMO?  We need your help to make our West Regional Basketball Tournament a success. The tournament is Saturday, February 23 in the Sedalia area. There are over 120 spots for time/score keepers in both the morning and afternoon. Sign up today.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Want to make a bigger difference in our athletes' lives?  Find out just how easy it is to become a coach at www.somo.org/coach!

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On behalf of all the athletes in the area, please accept our most humble thanks for your bravery, craziness and warm generosity to support our year-round efforts to garner acceptance and inclusion through sports.  We always have something going on, stay in touch on our website. We are always looking for volunteers, visit our calendar.


Enjoy your thaw --- we'll see you next year!

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This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by plunging into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved. Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference!


* New this year! Raise and turn in $500 by March 9, 2019 for an entry to win a brand-new 2018 Sea-Doo GTI SE! Thanks to Missouri Powersports Dealers Association for this donation. 

2018 SeaDoo GTI SE

The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Belton PD, KCPD and Lee's Summit PD are proud to host this event.

If you hae questions about the event, contact Adam Wright at wright@somo.org. You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Kansas City Polar Plunge, 9001 W 67th Street, Merriam, KS 66202. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.