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The Polar Plunge® Festival is Special Olympics Virginia’s premier, annual fundraising drive for those brrrr-ave enough to take the challenge! Participants ‒ or “plungers” ‒ raise funds to get wild and plunge into icy water at four different locations across Virginia in February and now June!

It’s the coolest event in VA ‒ literally ‒ and it’s all for an amazing cause! All proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and services for thousands of athletes.

Where Do the Funds Go?

Polar Plunge® is so much more than just an icy dip in the water. The funds raised at each plunge event help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities, and health services to more than 21,000 athletes of all abilities.

Our goal is to create a world where every single person is accepted and welcomed. Together, we are helping to make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member and one plunger at a time.

Plunger Tools

We’re so grateful you want to help us raise money for athletes across Virginia, so we’ve developed a few resources to help make fundraising a breeze!

Whether you’re a corporate sponsor, a team captain, or an individual plunger, these resources should have you covered.

Looking for Cool School Challenge resources? Head to the Cool School page for tailormade fundraising tools for students and teachers!