Each year, the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge series challenges thousands of brave souls to take a dip in freezing cold water at multiple sites around the state. The event, held at 30 locations throughout Michigan during February and March, raises money for the Special Olympics in Michigan. It’s a great way for organizations and individuals around the state to support a great cause. All the money raised goes towards year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 27,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.
For this year’s Polar Plunge, participants raise a minimum of $75 for the Special Olympics and plunge into frigid bodies of water for a great cause. This year, our Michigan Commercial Operations team, in collaboration with our ParkEMU team at Eastern Michigan University, organized a group to take the plunge at the Detroit event, which took place on March 2 at The Belle Isle Boat House and Atwater Brewery. The ParkEMU and Michigan Commercial Operations teams collectively raised $1,325 for the cause, with three LAZ family members participating in the thrilling challenge, and lots of other team members there to cheer them on. Our General Manager of Michigan, Jack Janiga, had this to say about the event, “There was great support for our team and the weather cooperated to make the plunge into the 37-degree water more tolerable. I enjoyed the experience and will definitely do it again. In fact, I am working with the organizers to find additional ways for our team to support the efforts in Michigan!” The Special Olympics are near and dear to the hearts of everyone at LAZ, so, way to Own the Mojo, ParkEMU team!
Learn more about the Special Olympics here