Polar Plunge is a Fundraiser
for the Fearless

Jumping into cold water to raise money for Special Olympics is a winter tradition. From Florida to North Dakota and California to D.C., 'tis the season for freezin'.


Polar Plunge

Countless people have helped raised funds for Special Olympics athletes through the Polar Plunge. Contact your local Program for an event near you.  Find Your Local Program

Each year members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® along with local Special Olympics Programs invite the local community, businesses, celebrities and sponsors to brave the freezing cold waters during their respective Polar Plunge® events. 

This event raises funds for local Special Olympics Programs and raises awareness about the power of Special Olympics through hosting unique experiences with music, food and most of all fun. 

Participants take the plunge into oceans, bays, local lakes and even pools with ice to show their support of Special Olympics. 

In 2012, Polar Plunge events raised over $20 million dollars for local Special Olympics Programs. To learn more about how you can become involved in a Polar Plunge event, please see the Polar Plunge events section below or contact your local Special Olympics Program for event information.


News and Stories


March 24, 2014 | North America: Illinois

Cook County Lions Club Plunge for Special Olympics

By Tamara Ivetic

Four members of the Cook County Lions Club took the plunge into freezing cold Lake Michigan in February 2014 to support Special Olympics of Illinois.

On February 22, 2014, for the third year in a row, the Cook County Lions Club has plunged into freezing cold Lake Michigan to support Special Olympics of Illinois.View Story On February 22, 2014, for the third year in a row, the Cook County Lions Club has plunged into freezing cold Lake Michigan to support Special Olympics of Illinois. Over the last three years the Cook County Lions Club has raised over US$9,100 by doing the Polar Plunge. Our members love this event and are looking forward to participating next year. We are always looking for people to join our polar plunge team. If interested, please contact us at cookcountylions@gmail.com.

About Tamara Ivetic:I am the current membership chairperson the Cook County Lions Club.
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December 27, 2013 | North America: Alaska

Special Olympics Athletes Take the Plunge During the Shortest Day of the Year

By Jessica Bjornstad

Photo 1: Special Olympics Alaska athlete Jan Pendleton having a blast handing out Polar Plunge towels to the plungers as they make their way to the hot tubs.

How did Alaskans celebrate the winter solstice? By plunging into the icy waters of Alaska. More than a thousand participants took the plunge to support Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide in the 5th Annual Special Olympics Alaska Polar Plunge.View Story How did Alaskans celebrate the winter solstice? By plunging into the icy waters of Alaska. More than a thousand participants took the plunge to support Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide in the 5th Annual Special Olympics Alaska Polar Plunge. From Power Rangers to lumberjacks, numerous teams showed their Polar Plunge spirit by wearing costumes from all genres. Thousands of spectators cheered on their family and friends as they braved the icy waters of Goose Lake. With more than five thousand donors supporting the plungers, the 5th Annual Special Alaska Polar Plunge raised $400,000 to support sports training and athletic competition for Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide. 

About Jessica Bjornstad:I am the Fundraising and Public Relations Assistant for Special Olympics Alaska.
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March 18, 2013 | North America: Virginia

Booz Allen teams make twice the difference in Virginia Polar Plunges

By Katie Botha

Special Olympics Virginia President, Rick Jeffrey (far left) joins BAH Team Captain, Lee Buskey (holding check) just after BAH plunged into the Atlantic in early February.

Last month, Booz Allen Hamilton plungers from Virginia Beach continued their tradition of lining up to give Special Olympics Virginia athletes high-fives as they made their way to an icy dip in the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Polar Plunge event.View Story Last month, Booz Allen Hamilton plungers from Virginia Beach continued their tradition of lining up to give Special Olympics Virginia athletes high-fives as they made their way to an icy dip in the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Polar Plunge event that raised more than $1.2M. This month, Booz Allen volunteers from Northern Virginia started their own icy tradition by participating in their first Polar Plunge event at Tim's Rivershore that resulted in more than $50,000 in proceeds for Special Olympics Virginia. Combined, the Booz Allen Teams contributed more than $25,000 and much needed volunteer support. We're grateful for their BRRR-ave assistance at these two events and throughout the year!

About Katie Botha:Senior Director, Development & Communications
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Polar Plunge Events


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Event

Location

Feb 6 - 7 2015

Polar Plunge -- Virginia Beach

Our Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is our largest annual fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in February. Crowd favorites at this event include the Polar Plunge 5K on the boardwalk, the PeeWee Plunge for kids, our beach volleyball tournament, and, of course, the PLUNGE!
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Debbie Apperson
Email:dapperson@specialolympicsva.org
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Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Between 6th and 9th Streets

Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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