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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. 

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

March 07, 2015

Kalamazoo Polar Plunge

The Kalamazoo Polar Plunge takes place March 7, 2015. Registration takes place from 1-3 pm with the Plunge starting at 3 pm. The After Splash Party will take place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Krista Paulin
Email:pauli1kc@cmich.edu
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K-Wings Stadium
Kalamazoo, Michigan
UNITED STATES

March 07, 2015

Big Bear Polar Plunge - Big Bear Lake

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 36-degree waters on March 7, 2015 to support Special Olympics Inland Empire. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt, lunch, a goody bag, and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Abbey Leffler
Email:aleffler@sosc.org
Phone:951.703.6502
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Swim Beach
41218 Park Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California
UNITED STATES

March 07, 2015

Sudbury Polar Plunge Ontario

In partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a Polar Plunge at The Ramsey Lake Boat Launch to raise awareness and much needed funds for athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Ramsey Lake Boat Launch
236 Ramsey Lake Rd.

Sudbury, Ontario
CANADA

March 14, 2015

Marquette Polar Plunge

The Marquette Polar Plunge takes place March 14, 2015. Registration takes place at 1:00 pm. The parade of costumes will start at 2:15 with the plunge starting at 2:30 pm. The After Splash Bash will follow the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Heather Fox
Email:fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Marquette Mountain
Marquette, Michigan
UNITED STATES

March 14, 2015

Westport Penguin Plunge

Join us March 14, 2015 at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 11 AM and the plunge will take place at 1 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email:lisam@soct.org
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Compo Beach
Westport, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

March 21, 2015

Owen Sound Polar Plunge Ontario

The OLETR (Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run) in co-operation with Special Olympics Ontario is hosting a Polar Bear Plunge at Bayshore Community Centre to raise awareness along with money for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Bayshore Community Centre
Owen Sound, Ontario
CANADA

March 28, 2015

Dickinson Polar Plunge

“Freezin for a Reason!” Raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota at the Dickinson Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 28th. We want 2015 to be our biggest and best Polar Plunge year ever, and we need your help! The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and fund to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics North Dakota athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into frigid North Dakota waters. Plungers raise a minimum of $75 for the opportunity to take the plunge. Polar Plunge Schedule: Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Polar Plunge: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and post plunge celebration will follow plunge. Have FUN! - form a team, create a fun name and crazy costumes with friends, co-workers, or classmates. No matter what, the Polar Plunge is all about Fun! For more information, please refer to the link or contact information below.
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Reid Huttunen
Email:developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0031
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Dan Porter Motors
2391 I-94 Business Loop E

Dickinson, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

March 28, 2015

Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario

Join us on Saturday, March 28 at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Boat Launch (Pearl St.Entrance) for the Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario. The Registration Social will be held on Friday, March 27th at the Prince Arthur Hotel at 5:00 PM and 8:00. Late registration will be held Saturday, March 28th at Prince Arthur Hotel from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The plunge time will at 2:00 PM for Adult Team and Individual Plunge, 2:45 PM for Special Olympics athletes, and 3:15 PM for the Cool School Plunge. The Awards and Social will be held at the Prince Arthur Hotel. The Social will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and awards will be presented at 4:30PM.
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Prince Arthur’s Landing @ Marina Park Boat Launch
Thunder Bay, Ontario
CANADA

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