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[ def: a group of penguins is called a colony ]

Shhh… can you hear them? They’re calling you… to PLUNGE!

The Polar Plunge® Festival is Special Olympics Virginia’s premier, annual fundraiser for those brrrr-ave enough to take the challenge. Join the “colony” as we come together to raise funds and plunge into icy waters at four different locations across Virginia in January and February– all for a cool cause.

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!