Polar Plunges

What is a Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge is a unique fundraising opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics NC by jumping or running into a cold body of water in the middle of winter.

What is a Parking Lot Polar Plunge?

A Parking Lot Polar Plunge is an event where participants jump into a portable swimming pool filled with cold water. This allows a community without a body of water to host a polar plunge event.

The 2018 Polar Plunge season was a big success!

As the weather finally starts to warm up, the 2018 Polar Plunge season officially wraps up for Special Olympics North Carolina.  Across the state, hundreds of people went freezing for a reason at 26 Polar Plunges in their communities, raising nearly $300,000 for Special Olympics in North Carolina. Hosted by law enforcement agencies and local Special Olympics programs, this annual fundraising campaign plays a vital role in providing sports training, health, and competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Congratulations to the Triad Chill polar plunge in Greensboro for being the largest of the 2018 events, raising more than $67,000!

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Tips to make your plunge more fun:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to remove – your fingers will be probably be numb after you exit the water.
  • You will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that will be heavy when wet.
  • Bring a robe, blanket, towel or jacket to wear while you are waiting to plunge.
  • You must wear shoes – the ground will be freezing.
  • Bring extra towels to dry off.
  • Bring loose fitting clothes to change into after the plunge.
  • Plunge with friends – it is more fun, especially if you create a crazy costume.
  • Remember to smile – photographers will be taking your picture.
  • For safety reasons, never dive into the water.


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