Our very own Rebecca Clark, Anixter Center President/CEO, jumped into the icy waters of Lake Michigan on March 1, 2020 in support of the Special Olympics Chicago. Over the years, many Anixter participants have had the opportunity to participate in programming provided by Special Olympics Chicago and Rebecca showed our support by raising funds for them and taking the Polar Plunge! Anixter staff cheered Rebecca on as she took the plunge.


I wanted to thank each and every one of you for supporting my PLUNGE! Lucky for me, yesterday was a beautiful day down on the lake front, and I found some great people who were in line near me that encouraged me to “go all the way”. I fell right into the icy waters of Lake Michigan—and jumped right out!

I was really proud to represent Anixter, excited to reinvigorate our relationship with Special Olympics for the people we serve, and grateful for such a supportive team. I can’t wait to see who gets to represent Anixter in the 2021 Polar Plunge!


2020 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson on Sunday, March 1, 2020 – celebrates its 20th Anniversary challenging people to jump in Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach for Special Olympics Chicago! The Polar Plunge benefits the 7,500+ special olympians who compete year-round in the city of Chicago. All funds raised will benefit the Special Olympics Chicago athletes, covering program costs such as transportation, sports equipment, team uniforms and food. Through your participation, people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities and success. #FREEZINFORAREASON

Special Olympics Chicago is largest region in the state of Illinois and larger than 26 other state Chapters in the U.S. offering training and competition in 22 sports. Athletes learn fundamentals, rules and strategies from their coaches during a training period prior to competition. Competitions are held at the area, regional and state levels.