Why the Plunge?

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, held annually on the first Sunday in February, has developed into a truly unique Delaware happening and is Special Olympics Delaware’s most significant fundraiser.

What is it? 

Individuals, including many Special Olympics athletes and their family members, take the plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean during the height of winter!

Other crowd favorites during the Weekend Plunge Festival include the Saturday's 5K Run to the Plunge, Pooch Plunge, Chili Contest, Ice Sculpting Demonstration, Polar Ice Cream Throwdown, and other fun family activities!
 

Why do it?

Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet people with intellectual 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.

For every inspiring Special Olympics athlete in Delaware there are six more people waiting for their chance - and so many more around the world. By participating in the Polar Bear Plunge, you’re helping us reach out to one more person who wants to participate in Special Olympics.


How to get started?

Create or join a team! Or sign up individually and ask friends and family members to join you or create a buzz around the office cooler by starting an office plunge team! If you are a high school student, teacher or administrator, get involved in the Cool Schools challenge. Are you a working adult? Go big and get your business involved as a big group of Polar Bears! What a great way team building activity that combines courage, team spirit, and community service.

Polar Bears are asked to raise a minimum of $75 to plunge.

Chill out and join thousands of other brrrrrave souls for the coolest thing you’ll do this year.  Thank you for helping us build a bigger, better and stronger community for more than 3,700 Special Olympics athletes in Delaware.