Our Corporate partners are a huge piece of the Plunges’ success, and we appreciate the amazing support that these companies provide to us. We can tailor a sponsorship package specifically for your corporation that can meet both your budget and marketing goals—and get your whole team on board for a whole lot of fun!
Platinum Level Sponsors
FOX 9 is a long-time media partner of the Polar Plunge; they’ve promoted, broadcasted, supported and—you got it—Plunged with us for the past eleven years! FOX 9 employs the oh-so-crazy and lovable Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard, someone we deem more than worthy of the “Plunge’s Biggest Superfan” title. Day after day during the cold Minnesota winters, Ian boasts about the Plunge during his weather segments and convinces Minnesota TV-watchers statewide to sign up. The FOX 9 team is an essential component of the Polar Plunge, and we’re excited to see our relationship grow with this excellent company throughout the years to come. Read more about FOX 9
U.S. Bank has been one of the biggest advocates for Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) since our partnership began more than 23 years ago. Whether it’s a competition, a Polar Plunge or even a fundraising event, we can always count on employees from U.S. Bank attending, volunteering or working behind the scenes with our SOMN staff. U.S. Bank has been the Title Sponsor of Special Olympics Minnesota’s Spring Games since 1992. Their employees have consistently demonstrated their amazing capacity for supporting our 8,200 athletes through countless hours of volunteering, coaching, mentoring and generous financial gifts. In 2017, more than 100 U.S. Bank team members volunteered with SOMN, totaling over 1,000 hours. Additionally, more than 380 of their employees joined in on the Plunge fun, taking the icy dip during the 2017 Plunge season. Read more about U.S. Bank
Delta has been a proud partner of Special Olympics Minnesota for many years, previously partnering on our Gold Medal Gala, volunteering at our events and participating in the Plunge. In 2014, Delta increased their level of support for the Plunge, becoming a bronze-level statewide sponsor, in 2015 they moved up to a silver level and, in 2016, moved up to a GOLD statewide sponsor! In 2017, Delta was awarded the International Inclusion Award in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the Polar Plunge by representing 18 different countries from around the world. Through their efforts in the Plunge, their team raised over $110,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota! Read more about Delta
Gold Level Sponsors
Grand Casino Mille Lacs has been involved with the Plunge for five years now. They’re such fans of Special Olympics that they started their own Plunge! Our Mille Lacs Plunge has been a great success since its conception. “As part of our long-standing commitment to giving back to the community, we are proud to have the opportunity to support Special Olympics Minnesota year after year,” said Joe Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. “Special Olympics Minnesota not only provides an opportunity for its athletes to shine, they teach inclusion. It is such an impactful organization that makes a meaningful difference in our communities.” Read more about Grand Casino Mille Lacs
With its “Do Good. Live Well.” social responsibility initiative, United Healthcare has been one of the Plunge’s biggest supporters. Their involvement started in Duluth, but has now expanded to over five different Plunge sites with double participation in our Executive Challenge, thanks to executives Tom Paul and Adam Hjerpe. One of our leaders of the UHC charge is Tom Paul. Tom currently serves on our Board of Directors and is a huge advocate of Special Olympics Minnesota. Read more about UnitedHealthcare
Silver Level Sponsors
Kwik Trip and its employees feel it’s important to make a difference in the lives of others. Kwik Trip has been doing just that with Special Olympics Minnesota since 2005, and they continue to demonstrate their support for Special Olympics athletes through the sponsorship of the Polar Plunge, icon sale promotion and countless hours of volunteering. Read more about Kwik Trip
Back in 2002, Affinity Plus was a huge part of the reason Special Olympics Minnesota had a figure skating program. By providing everything from volunteers to monetary support, they helped our program grow from 10 to more than 30 skaters. In addition, Affinity Plus members and employees continue to present a check to the skating team every year at their Minnesota State Games. Read more about Affinity Plus
FOX Sports North jumped on board with the Polar Plunge in 2011 as a media partner, and they’ve been outstandingly supportive to the Plunge since then. FOX Sports North’s Senior Vice President & General Manager, Mike Dimond, is also one super cool guy—pun definitely intended! Mike traveled across the state to Plunges near and far during our 2014 season so he could Plunge at least once at every location! In 2015, Mike Dimond convinced the executives of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, and Minnesota Twins to take the Plunge at White Bear Lake. Once wasn’t enough! They plunged together at Eden Prairie in 2016. This year, FOX Sports North has invited the Pro Sports Executives to join us again for the Downtown Plunge! Read more about FOX Sports North
Polaris literally puts the word “Polar” in the Polar Plunge. The commitment and leadership of their employees in the communities that they live and work in is tremendous, and we’re excited to highlight our partnership across Minnesota with the Polaris Snowmobile in the Plunge Online Auction, the Polaris Foundation and, of course, Polaris’ Plunge team participation. In addition to employees taking the Plunge, Polaris has generously supplied our organization with a 2 brand-new snowmobile for our annual Auction. Polaris is a true winter warrior and a huge advocate for the 8,000 athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota. We’re thrilled to have such an amazing partnership with Polaris and look forward to what the future will bring.
JNBA has been around since the conception of the very first Minneapolis Plunge and has been an invaluable supporter ever since. Not only do they participate in the Minneapolis Plunge, but they have also gotten involved with the Duluth Plunge as well. They have the perfect model of an office rallying together to support Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. JNBA has also formed wonderful relationships with our athletes by allowing some of our Global Messengers to speak at their office! To add further excitement, JNBA hosts an after-party following the event. It allows the Plungers and their supporters a chance to reflect on the day while they celebrate their achievements and create more memories. In 2017, JNBA raised $50,000 for SOMN, earning the NEW title of silver statewide Plunge sponsor.
Oppidan joined the Plunge in 2015 by sponsoring our Eden Prairie Plunge. In fact, they did such an amazing job that in 2017 that they have decided to make the leap by becoming a bronze statewide sponsor AND sponsor our Eden Prairie Plunge Sports Tent! In 2017, Oppidan raised more than $56,000 for SOMN, leaping them yet again to the next sponsorship level, making Oppidan a silver statewide partner. Their office has been a huge supporter of Special Olympics and all of their families have really embraced the cause. We are so grateful for all of their support under the leadership of their fearless leader, Joe Ryan. We can’t wait to work with them again this year!
We are beyond excited to welcome a NEW sponsor in 2018: Great Clips!
Bronze Level Sponsors
Cowboy Jacks has been a part of the Plunge for over six years. They began as a Plunge team but quickly progressed to a statewide partner. You can always find their team—one of our largest every year—at the Minneapolis Plunge. This year, Cowboy Slims in Uptown and Sally’s in Dinky Town will help bring the Plunging fun to their neck of the woods! We’re excited to have this wonderful partner on board again for our 2018 season.
We are thrilled to welcome Mall of America back for their third year as a Polar Plunge Supporter! The Mall of America have become great friends of Special Olympics, hosting two of our large scale events throughout the year in their rotunda – and generously supporting the Plunge with a variety of prizes and auction items throughout the season. The MOA Staff had a great time taking the Plunge at the Executive Challenge last year, and decided to not less the rest of their team miss out on the fun in 2015! Last year MOA raised over $24,000 for SOMN. The Mall of America will be expanding their Plunge team to join us at Minneapolis this March. We are so excited to see this partnership grow!
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics Minnesota and the Polar Plunge since the early years of the event. Many of its members serve on our local Polar Plunge planning committees. In addition, FOP members along with their fellow law enforcement personnel take part in the Plunges themselves.
Dairy Queen (DQ) has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Minnesota and the Polar Plunge. With the camaraderie and enthusiasm of their employees, friends, family and partners, during the 2017 Plunge season, DQ contributed more than $28,000 for the 8,200 athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota! We are excited to have them Plunging with us in 2018! Read more about Dairy Queen
iHeartMedia has been an integral and crazy cool part of the Polar Plunge for more than 11 years! Last year, iHeart made our Plunge radio dreams come true when they made the Polar Plunge and Special Olympics Minnesota their charity of choice for the month of January. And boy, has iHeart come through for us! iHeart has combined the power of their stations: KDWB, Cities 97, KFAN, K102, KOOL 108, Twin Cities News Talk and ALT 93.3 to engage their listeners in some Plungetastic fun! When we hit the lakes once again this season, iHeart radio talent will be at the mics ushering Plungers into the Plunge hole. We are honored to work with such an engaging and dedicated group of individuals. Open up those ears and tune-in to our good friends at iHeart: KDWB, Cities 97, KFAN, K102, KOOL 108,Twin Cities New Talk, HOT 102.5 and ALT 93.3.