Special Olympics South Dakota and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will host a polar plunge Friday evening to benefit and raise awareness for the Special Olympics.

The event will take place Friday at the Avera Sports and Wellness Complex on Dakota Wesleyan University's campus. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the plunge will start at 7 p.m.

The event is one of 10 polar plunges across the state this year.

All proceeds from the Polar Plunge will go toward funding sports training and competition for more than 2,500 people in South Dakota with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to participate in year-round programming at no cost.

Special Olympics South Dakota was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Now entering its 51st year, the organization now permits athletes in 50 communities to compete in 26 events.

People who want to participate in the Polar Plunge must raise a minimum of $100, either as an individual or a team, by collecting pledges prior to the event. High school and college students who get involved with the polar plunge will be entered to win a $500 scholarship.

Those interested in registering in advance or volunteering at the event can go to www.plungesd.org or call 605-331-4117.