Welcome to the Polar Plunge Challenge!

The annual Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge is one of our top fundraising events. While we may be miles apart this year, we can still come together virtually and say to Special Olympics athletes all over the state: WE SUPPORT YOU!

Join participants from across the nation as we SIGN UP, SPLASH, and SHARE our plunges online to raise funds and support for children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Washington state.

BONUS: Follow Special Olympics Washington on TikTok and Instagram for a chance to DUET and form a “Splash Mob” with CELEBRITY GUESTS!
STEP 1

SIGN UP!

Registration is open! Sign up individually or with your “Quaran-team.”

Once registered, you can begin raising donations from friends, family, and colleagues! Rally support around your commitment to get cold for a cause and earn an official plunge kit packed with fun props to help make your plunge a memorable one.

STEP 2

SPLASH!

Capture your perfect plunge on video! You can dunk, soak, dip, or splash, as long as you’re IN cold water! Stay safe and be creative!

Plunge Prep 101

Learn how it works. Find tools and tips to help you make the biggest splash possible for Special Olympics Washington athletes!

DOWNLOAD PDF

Submit Your VIDEO

Once you’ve created the perfect plunge video, upload it here for a chance to be featured!

Submissions Closed
STEP 3

SHARE!

Now that you’ve submitted your video, share it on TikTok and Instagram using the hashtag #PolarPlungeChallenge to qualify for contests and prizes! Tag and challenge your friends to join in too!

#PolarPlungeChallenge

BONUS: Follow Special Olympics Washington on TikTok and Instagram for a chance to DUET and form a
“Splash Mob” with CELEBRITY GUESTS!

plunge week

TUNE IN FEBRUARY 22-26

All times are Pacific Standard (PST)

FEB 22

12:00 am

Plunge Video Submissions

open

FEB 26

5:00 pm

Deadline

for video submissions and fundraising efforts to qualify for awards & prizes!

7:00 pm

Polar Plunge Challenge

Awards Ceremony

on TikTok

FEB 22

12:00 am

Plunge Video Submissions

open

FEB 26

5:00 pm

Deadline

for video submissions and fundraising efforts to qualify for awards & prizes!

FEB 26

7:00 pm

Polar Plunge Challenge

Awards Ceremony

on TikTok

LEADERBOARD

The top Individual and top Quaran-Team fundraisers will each receive:

A Trip for Two to the

2022 USA Games in Florida!

Package includes the following:

  • 2022 USA Games Tickets

    2022 USA Games Tickets

  • 3-Night Hotel Stay

    3-Night Hotel Stay

  • Round-Trip Airfare

    Round-Trip Airfare

  • Disney Park Passes

    Disney Park Passes

Most Funds Raised

Individual

Kristi B. $7,835
1
John L. $5,664
2
David W. $5,440
3
Wayne M. $3,412
4
Diserree R. $3,294
5
Ty B. $3,136
6
John C. $2,635
7
Mary D. $2,589
8
CI Support L. $2,572
9
Kasey T. $2,551
10

Quaran-Team

Hanford Vit Plant Team $25,661
1
Copsicles In Honor of Jay Hu... $14,396
2
KCSO & the Blue Orphans $10,216
3
Special Olympics Washington ... $10,021
4
CHPRC $9,838
5
Aerotek Puget Sound $6,956
6
Battelle $5,801
7
TwinStar Credit Union $5,004
8
Quincy PD Copsicles $4,676
9
Redmond PD Polar Plungers $4,673
10

CONTESTS & PRIZES

Share your plunge on TikTok and Instagram for a chance to be crowned the winner in one of our Polar Plunge Challenge contests.

All contest winners will receive a Polar Plunge Merch Bundle from Special Olympics Washington!

  • Most Unique Plunge

    Coming Feb 26
  • Most Community Spirit

    Coming Feb 26
  • Best Celebrity Duet

    Coming Feb 26
  • Best Peer Duet

    Coming Feb 26
  • Best Splash Mob

    Coming Feb 26

Best Costume

Winner will receive an XBOX ONE S, Gears of War 4 (500 G in blue), plus two additional controllers!

Take a look at some of the best costumes from previous plunges!

Winner Announced Feb 26

Our 2021 POLAR PLUNGE GOAL is $350,000

$010,607

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED

0240

TOTAL PLUNGERS

TIPS TO HELP YOU

Create the Perfect
Plunge Video

Want more tips?

PLUNGE PREP 101
Get Creative!

Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Hose or Sprinkler
  • Slip n’ Slide
  • Water Balloons
  • Cold Shower
  • Ice Bath
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Shallow kiddie pool
  • Snowball fight
  • Hug a snowman
  • Cold drink
Have Fun, Be SAFE!

We want you to plunge with us for many more years to come. So, in whatever form your plunge takes, please exercise caution and personal responsibility by following all water safety and COVID-19 protocols.

Thank you!

Faq

An interactive social media event in support of more than 19,500 Special Olympics Washington participants. This virtual fundraising event will include your favorites such as the costume contest and awards, yet you get to choose how you plunge! Sign up, Splash & Share your plunge for a chance to win great prizes!

In 2020, Special Olympics Washington faced serious challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were forced to stop offering in-person training and competition, cancel many fundraising events and put important initiatives on hold. While we had to stop offering our in-person events and activities, our commitment to our athletes did not stop. We transitioned to providing athletes with virtual sports programming and at-home fitness training, stressing the importance of staying physically and mentally fit, and connected with each other while at home. We hope you will join us in the Polar Plunge Challenge so that we can continue to change lives through the power of sports.

Register at PolarPlungeWA.com and begin raising donations from friends, family, and colleagues! You can also find the offline donation form here.

That’s the best part, you get to choose! Dunk, soak, dip or splash! All we ask is that you stay safe and be creative! We have tons of ideas for you here. Can you say winter slip and slide?!

Submit your video at PolarPlungeWA.com and share your video on TikTok or Instagram using the hashtag #PolarPlungeChallenge to qualify for awards and prizes.

Special Olympics Washington TikTok

Special Olympics Washington Instagram

Check out our Tips & Tricks for virtually fundraising here!

That’s right! Raise an additional $25 (in addition to the $25 paid when registering) and you will be mailed an official Plunge Kit packed with fun props to help make your Plunge memorable (Plunge Kit items may vary). The Plunge Kit will be mailed to the address provided at registration starting in early February. Raise enough funds before then and you’ll be one of the first plungers to receive your kit! Additional incentives will be announced soon!

Not to worry! Just because the event is virtual does not mean we cannot still have fun! Award winners (even for the costume contest) will be announced during Plunge Week (February 22-February 26)

Best Costume, Top Fundraising Individual, Top Fundraising Team, Most Unique Plunge, Most Community Spirit, Best Celebrity Duet, Best Peer Duet and Best Splash Mob. Tune in during Plunge Week (February 22-February 26) to hear the winners announced!

It takes ten individuals to qualify as a Quaran-Team. Invite your family, friends, teammates, co-workers!

No problem, you can share your perfect plunge video to any social media platform with #PolarPlungeChallenge.

Not on social media? Just upload the video at PolarPlungeWA.com during Plunge Week (February 22-26) to qualify!

Login to your personal fundraising page here and click ‘Go to…’ (top right rectangle by your personal icon). This will allow you to toggle between your team page, and personal fundraising page! Make edits the same way you would on your personal page, by clicking the ‘Manage’ button (top right rectangle by your personal icon)!

Absolutely. We strongly encourage participation by families of staff, regular customers/clients, partners, etc. The more, the merrier!

Go ahead and e-mail us! We are happy to add you to any team, or we can help you create your own! Ehardwick@sowa.org

Login to your fundraising profile page here and click ‘Manage’ (top right rectangle by your personal icon). This will bring you to your home page, review the tabs at the top of the square in front of you and edit away! Remember, Team Captains can update their team and personal pages!

Special Olympics Washington is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you once your donation is successfully processed.

Please do not mail cash. Turn the cash into a cashier’s check and mail the checks to us! Our mailing address is: Special Olympics Washington; 2815 Second Avenue, Suite 370; Seattle, WA 98121

Don’t forget to write your name and “Polar Plunge” on the memo line so we can credit it to your online fundraising page!

Follow these easy steps!

  • Click the ‘Register’ Button
  • Select ‘Create a Team’
  • Type in your Team Name, Team Fundraising Goal and Team Page Headline
    1. Hint: you can edit these later
  • Add 1 ticket under ‘Polar Plunges (Quaran-Team)’ and confirm your registration by clicking the purple ‘REGISTER’ button in the bottom right.
  • Follow the rest of the prompts, completing the registration process, Check your e-mail for the set-up instructions to claim your fundraising page
  • Customize your personal page and start fundraising!

Follow these easy steps!

  • Click the ‘Register’ Button
  • Select ‘Join a Team’ and ‘CHOOSE TEAM NAME’ from drop down options
  • Add 1 ticket under ‘Polar Plunges (Quaran-Team)’ and confirm your registration by clicking the purple ‘REGISTER’ button in the bottom right.
  • Follow the rest of the prompts, completing the registration process, Check your e-mail for the set-up instructions
  • Customize your personal page and start fundraising!

Special Olympics Washington is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Donations, including the registration deposit paid during registration, are non-refundable.

You can make a general donation to the event here to support the 19,500 athletes in Washington! If you would rather make a donation offline, you can also find the offline tools here.

E-mail us, we will be happy to reset it for you! Ehardwick@sowa.org

We are overwhelmed by your commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity in transforming the current circumstances into a virtual event.

Cold/freezing/frozen water presents dangers and is risky at any depth to people of any age, mobility, or health status. PLEASE exercise caution and personal responsibility in your Polar Plunge activities! Special Olympics Washington cannot identify or control the risks of every Polar Plunge Challenge activity and has not endorsed or guaranteed the safety of any activity.

In whatever form your plunge takes, follow all applicable water (and freezing water) safety and COVID-19 protocols. Have fun and be creative, but most importantly please be smart and safe. Thank you!

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