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In a proud partnership with Affinity Plus, Bemidji State Athletics will co-host the iconic Polar Plunge to fundraise for Special Olympics Minnesota on Tuesday, April 16, at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

This exciting event, proudly presented by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union – a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Minnesota – offers a unique opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, courageous individuals will take the plunge at Bemidji State University, diving into a special “Plungster” pool for a refreshing (and slightly icy!) moment. Every splash counts, as proceeds directly benefit Special Olympics Minnesota, empowering athletes to train, compete and achieve their dreams.

“We are excited to sponsor the first-ever Polar Plunge in Bemidji,” said Monica Morris, the Affinity Plus branch manager in Bemidji. “This event not only provides a fun and chilly challenge, but also raises critical funds for a cause close to our hearts. We encourage everyone to join us in supporting Special Olympics Minnesota and making a difference in the lives of these incredible athletes.”

Affinity Plus has been supporting Special Olympics Minnesota since 2008 and, in that time, both the credit union and its employees have raised more than $700,000 for the charity. This year, Affinity Plus saw an opportunity to leverage its partnership with Bemidji State University to bring the Polar Plunge to a new community, expanding access to this unique and fun event.

“Bringing the Polar Plunge to Bemidji State University is an excellent opportunity,” said BSU director of athletics Britt Lauritsen. “It’s an amazing opportunity to our students, faculty, staff and the entire community to come together, embrace a chilly challenge and raise crucial funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. We are thrilled to be a part of this inclusive event and celebrate the incredible spirit of these athletes.”

Ready to embrace the challenge and make a splash for a great cause? The entire community is welcome and encouraged to take the Polar Plunge. Register here: https://www.plungemn.org/events/bemidji-state-university-affinity-plus/#down


John Glas Fieldhouse