Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge

23rd Annual Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge

In its twenty-third year, the Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge returns with an in-person experience in 2022! As always, proceeds from the Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge benefit the Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC), helping individuals with disabilities participate in camps, athletics, health and fitness programs, and much more. For more information, contact Kari Robinson at krobinson@waukeganparks.org or (847) 360-4763.

Participation Options (Click Below)

Register to jump in the Lake with us on New Year’s Day!

  • Pre-register for $20 by Wednesday, December 29.
  • Registration closes on December 29 and reopens ONSITE ONLY on January 1 for $25, (Only cash or check accepted onsite).
  • Registration includes commemorative long sleeve t-shirt and access to jump in the lake.
  • Not sure you want to take the dip? Register, and get a shirt anyway!

For more information, contact Kari Robinson at krobinson@waukeganparks.org or (847) 360-4763.

Click Here to Register

Looking to raise $50 or more?

  • Register to be a pledger and receive a hooded sweatshirt.
  • If you are looking to raise $250 or more you can be recognized on the back of the event apparel. You must raise and submit your $250 by Monday, December 13.
  • Not sure you want to jump, but want this year’s hooded sweatshirt? Support us by registering as a pledger for $50 and skip the dip.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Direct individuals to pledge towards your plunge online. Have them click on the Donation/Support a Pledger tab below.  Make sure they attribute their donation to you or your team for funds to go towards your total donation.

Click Here to Register

Click HERE to make a straight donation ($1 to $249) to the event or to pledge toward a registered participant. Click on the Plus Sign at the bottom of the page to add to cart and either log in to your account or choose to “Continue as a Guest.”

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Options

Sponsorships are a way for businesses and organizations to contribute funds. There are two sponsorship options:

  • Premiere Sponsor ($1,000): Premier sponsors will get exclusive logo placement on the event shirt and will be featured in marketing. Shirt sleeve logo placement is limited to the first two premier sponsors. A $1,000 sponsorship can fund new basketball uniforms for ten (10) individuals or hotel rooms for up to eight (8) athletes competing in the Special Olympics or state tournaments.
  • Sponsor ($250): You can make a straight donation, or have your patrons help you to achieve the minimum sponsorship of $250. A portion ($25-$50) of your $250 sponsorship could be a gift certificate to your business that will be given as a prize for those teams or individuals that raise the most in donations. For logos to appear on our limited edition 2022 event shirt and pledging souvenir, banners and fliers, a $250 sponsorship must be received by December 13, 2021
Premiere Sponsor