Welcome to the 2023 Polar Plunge!

This Winter, waterfronts across our state will once again be packed with brave polar plungers. Just chill though, you don’t have to get in the water. Whether you get cold for a cause or show up to cheer others on, this annual tradition has something for everyone. Find the polar plunge event in your community and join us for an experience like no other.

By joining in the fun, you’ll be supporting 7,500+ athletes with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.

Find a Plunge Near You and SIGN UP!

Register individually or as a team.

Jan 21

Tri-Cities

Columbia Point Marina Park

PlungeFest Event

  • 👹 Costume Contest
  • 🍔 Food Trucks
  • 🕺 Live Music
  • 🏐 Beach Games
  • ♨️ Hot Tubs
  • & More!
Join the Party!
Feb 18

Anacortes

Seafarer’s Memorial Park

Polar Plunge Event

  • 👹 Costume Contest
  • 🏃💨 5K Fun Run!
  • 🎉 Day-of-Raffle
  • 🏐 Beach Games
  • ☕ Hot Chocolate
  • 🥘 Soup Station
Join the Party!
Feb 25

Seattle

Alki Beach

PlungeFest Event

  • 👹 Costume Contest
  • 🍺 Beer Garden
  • 🍔 Food Trucks
  • 🏐 Beach Games
  • 🕺 Live Music
  • & More!
Join the Party!
Mar 03

Wenatchee

Walla Walla State Park

Polar Plunge Event

  • 👹 Costume Contest
  • ❄️ Winter Games 
 Launch Party!
  • 🏐 Beach Games
  • ☕ Hot Chocolate
  • 🥘 Soup Station
Join the Party!

Costume Contest

Get Your Costumes Ready!

The costume contest is one of the major traditions of Polar Plunge. Dressing up to take a chilly dip may not be something you ever thought you’d do, but it’s a ton of fun and makes for some incredible photos. It’s never too early to start planning your solo or group costume!

Each Polar Plunge event will feature a costume contest with prizes. Winners will be chosen based on crowd response, so bring your friends and family to cheer you on!

Individual Winners of the Costume Contest will win a medal and a Polar Plunge Prize Pack! Team Winners of the Costume Contest will win a trophy and a medal!

Why We Plunge

Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities face doubt, barriers, and low expectations. For many, Special Olympics is the only place where they find an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions.

By signing up or donating, you will change the life of an athlete and help us reach even more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington.

Donate Now 💕

Our 2023 Polar Plunge Goal is $225,000

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED

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TOTAL PLUNGERS

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Sign up to attend a Polar Plunge near you- and you’ll get your own fundraising profile for Special Olympics Washington! Share your profile with friends and family in email, text message, or on social media so others can support your commitment to get cold for a cause!

Leaderboard

The Overall Top Individual Fundraiser Will Win:

Polar Plunge Medal and two round-trip airline vouchers on Alaska Airlines!

The Overall Top Fundraising Team Will Win:

$100 Papa John’s gift card for a celebration Pizza Party! As well as Polar Plunge Medals for every team member.

$150,000
Most Funds Raised

by an INDIVIDUAL

Janice M. $481
1
Nathan P. $155
2
Daniel M. $155
3

by a TEAM

Sports Page $736
1
CI Ghostbusters $180
2
The frozen Chosen $25
3
$150,000
Most Funds Raised

by an INDIVIDUAL

by a TEAM

$150,000
Most Funds Raised

by an INDIVIDUAL

Ken K. $284
1
Sweetpea R. $191
2
Kris J. $129
3

by a TEAM

Erik Johnson's Nearly Nekkid... $473
1
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Off... $77
2
$150,000
Most Funds Raised

by an INDIVIDUAL

by a TEAM

Faq

The polar plunge will occur at 12:00 pm, however, we will close the on-site check-in booth and begin getting plungers in place at 11:30 am. Please plan accordingly.

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

Click ‘Login’ (top right) to get to your fundraising profile. Then 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!

If you don’t show up to the plunge, then we won’t collect the remaining $50. The $25 deposit is viewed as a donation whereas the additional amount covers the in-person festivities.

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!
Go here
Choose your event location
Click the ‘Register’ Button
Select ‘Create a Team’
Type in your Team Name, Team Fundraising Goal, and Team Page Headline
Hint: you can edit these later
Add 1 ticket under Individual Polar Plunger 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!

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!

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

The Overall Top Individual Fundraiser Will Win: a Polar Plunge Medal and two round-trip airline vouchers on Alaska Airlines! The Overall Top Fundraising Team Will Win: a $100 Papa John’s gift card for a celebration Pizza Party! As well as Polar Plunge Medals for every team member. You can also earn merch by raising funds!

This year’s Polar Plunge will be a full-on Winter Beach Party with costume contests, beach games, and much much more! Whether you get cold for a cause or show up to cheer others on, this annual tradition has something for everyone. Join usfor an experience like no other. By joining the party, you’ll be supporting 7,500+ athletes with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.

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

By registering as a Plunger, you are pledging to fundraise an additional $50 ($75 total) in order to Plunge. For those who do not hit the $75 minimum before the day of their punge, the remaining funds will be collected onsite.

The $25 deposit is considered a donation and therefore non-refundable.

You will still receive a shirt, but we can’t guarantee that you will receive it on the day of the plunge.

Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities face doubt, barriers, and low expectations. For many, Special Olympics is the only place where they find an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions. By signing up or donating, you will change the life of an athlete and help us reach even more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington.

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

Follow these easy steps!
Go here
Choose your event location
Click the ‘Register’ Button
Select ‘Join a Team’ and ‘CHOOSE TEAM NAME’ from the drop-down options
Add 1 ticket under Individual Polar Plunger 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!

You can make a general donation to the event here to support over 7,500 athletes in Washington! If you would rather make a donation offline, you can also find the offline tools here.

At least two, but otherwise there’s no limit. Most team sizes range in size from 5 to 50.

THANK YOU