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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 five 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.

Want to keep your toes in the sand? Sign up to volunteer at any of our event locations.

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 23,000 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 tools and tips should have you covered.

Looking for Cool School Challenge resources (VA Beach event only)? Head to the Cool School page for tailormade fundraising tools for students and teachers!