BSU Athletics and Affinity Plus to Co-host Polar Plunge April 16

BSU and Affinity Plus will host a Polar Plunge April 16

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

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

On Tuesday, April 16th, at 3:00 p.m., 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,” shared Monica Morris, 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. Registration is available now.

Every participant, whether plunging solo or with a team, makes a significant impact. Together, let’s make a splash in Bemidji and celebrate the power of inclusion!

About Affinity Plus Credit Union

Based in St. Paul, Minn., Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that puts people first above profits. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees and unique, member-centric products and programs. Established in 1930, Affinity Plus has 31 branches located throughout Minnesota and is owned by more than 260,000 members. Affinity Plus has more than $4 billion in assets. Additional information is available at or by calling (800) 322-7228.

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Located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s hockey in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and women’s hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).