About the Polar Plunge

Who Benefits from Polar Plunges?

Every Plunge makes a difference for over 15,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Special Olympics Colorado offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. Funds raised through the Polar Plunge help to support programs such as Young Athletes, Unified Sports, Healthy Athletes and Athlete Leadership Programs, to name a few. Learn more about Special Olympics Colorado and our amazing athletes at SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

What is the Plunge?

You’ve never jumped into frigid Colorado waters in the middle of the winter? Well, we can help change that!

Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of brave jumpers at numerous locations around the state. It’s a great way for everyone—individuals, organizations and businesses—to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Colorado. All funds raised go towards programming and events for nearly 25,00 athletes statewide.

Think you have what it takes? The concept is simple: participants raise a minimum of $75 and take a dip into one of Colorado’s frozen lakes (or a pool). But the Plunges are so much more than that: They’re the kind of fun and thrilling events that you really have to experience to understand. Grab some friends, get pumped and register today!

Team Challenges and Incentives

A friendly team competition always makes things just a bit more fun! Which teams will win the coveted Polar Plunge Bear Trophies for their category (local level)?

Make sure to sign up for the team challenge when you register your team for one of the 2019 Colorado Plunges. Check out some of the categories below:

Team Fundraising Challenge Categories:

  • Highest Fundraising Team
  • Highest Fundraising Law Enforcement Team
  • Highest Fundraising “Cool” School (K – High School)
  • Highest Fundraising Local SOCO Program
  • Highest Fundraising Fraternity (receives the “Golden Plunger”)
  • Highest Fundraising Sorority (receives the “Golden Plunger”)
  • Highest Fundraising Corporate Team
  • And many more! Check out the category list when you register your team!



Click here to view our 2020 Polar Plunge Incentives!