As Seen on Pelican Rapids Press

As Seen on Pelican Rapids Press

February 11, 2022 0 By Admiral BigGun

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics MN TAILGATEMASTER.COM Admiral BigGun

Admiral BigGun was spotted on the front page of the Pelican Rapids Press newspaper which was highlighting the efforts of our favorite purple plunge team and the FAN-tastic success they had raising monies for Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Otter Tail Lake, in Otter Tail County, Minnesota February 2022.

Admiral BigGun leads the Purple Plungers team who collectively raised OVER $10,000 (edit: actually over $11,000.) for Special Olympics Minnesota in 2022. Photos Credit: Sheila Hanson

pelican rapids press front page
‘Purple Plungers’ Pelican Viking fan’s team a formidable crew at annual ice event

The 174 plungers at the Feb. 5, 2022 event raised more than $70,000—exceeding this year’s goal of $65,000.
The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a movement of volunteers dedicated to increasing awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes across the state. Last year, 139 plungers on Otter Tail Lake raised $50,850.

The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. All funds raised by plungers help provide year-round training and services to over 8,100 athletes across the state. For example, a $300 donation provides the necessary equipment for an entire young athlete’s season.

The Purple Plunge team includes friends, co-workers, friends of friends, and members of the “Viking World Order,” which is a football fan group. Backstrom is a member and has recruited others for the Plunge. 

Admiral BigGun plunges into FROZEN ICE WATER
Admiral BigGun plunges into FROZEN ICE WATER. 2022 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

“I’m very proud of every plunger that comes out that continues to make the event a success,” said Backstrom

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If you wish to donate to the cause, you can use this link:

Thank you Pelican Rapids Press for sharing information about this great event! Good luck to the Purple Plungers next year!