7th annual Michigan Law Enforcement Legislative Polar Plunge

Mich Law Enforcement Legislative Polar Plunge
Mich Law Enforcement Legislative Polar Plunge
Mich Law Enforcement Legislative Polar Plunge
Posted at 11:46 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 12:24:44-05

Michigan Legislators, along with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, will plunge into an icy pool in front of the Capitol steps in Lansing on Thursday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. as part of the seventh annual Michigan Law Enforcement Legislative Polar Plunge. High definition video and high resolution photos will be available for download following the event. See details below.

This one of a kind event at the Capitol provides plenty of funny moments and great photo and video opportunities for spectators and plungers alike, while helping raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes in the process. The Legislative Polar Plunge has raised nearly $170,000 for SOMI athletes over the last six years.

2018 Legislative Polar Plunge participants include:

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley

Representative Tommy Brann (77th District – Byron Twp. & Wyoming)

Representative Tom Cochran (67th District – Mason)

Senator Ian Conyers (4th District – Allen Park, Detroit, Lincoln Park, Southgate)

Representative Jim Ellison (26th District – Madison Heights & Royal Oak)

Representative Roger Hauck (99th District – Isabella & Midland Counties) Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (23rd District – East Lansing)

Representative Kevin Hertel (18th District – Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe Shores)

Representative Brandt Iden (61st District – Oshtemo Township) Senator Rick Jones (24th District – Grand Ledge)

Representative Klint Kesto (39 th District – Commerce Township)

Representative Frank Liberati (13th District – Allen Park)

Representative Leslie Love (10th District – Redford Charter Twp. & Detroit)

Representative Peter Lucido (36th District – Shelby Township) Representative Jeff Noble (20th District – Northville, Plymouth & Canton)

Three Sergeant at Arms for the Michigan Senate Police will also take the Plunge:

Sergeant Gary Masseau Sergeant David Blackman Sergeant Philip Nardone

Wednesday, March 7 is “Spread the Word to End the Word Day” – a worldwide day of awareness aimed at eliminating the use of the word “retard(ed)” from everyday speech.

In March of 2014, the Michigan House and Senate unanimously voted to remove the “R-Word” from state laws. On March 28, 2014, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed the “R-Word” package of bills, officially removing the term “retard(ed)” from state laws and replacing it with the term “developmental disability.” There are only a handful of states left that have yet to take similar measures. The terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” were removed from federal health education and labor policy in 2010.

MEDIA NOTE: High Definition video from the Legislative Polar Plunge will be available for download in time for your late local newscasts. High Resolution photos will also be made available. A media alert email will be sent to statewide media on the evening of Thursday, March 1 when video and pictures are available for download.

2018 Legislative Polar Plunge Details:

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m.

City: Lansing Venue: Capitol Steps

Statewide Polar Plunge Partner: Buffalo Wild Wings

The Legislative Polar Plunge is one of 28 Polar Plunges taking place across Michigan in 2018. The Polar Plunge series is known for its zany costumes and courageous participants. After raising funds, these participants dress up in costume and prepare to plunge, ready to jump in and freeze their fur for a good cause. Funds can be raised by collecting pledges from friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. For more info, and to register for the remaining plunges, visit

Proceeds from these plunges help support year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.