On Saturday, February 4th, our plunge season continued with two plunges: the York County Polar Plunge and the Winter Games Polar Plunge.
The sixth annual Winter Games Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Canoe Creek State Park in Hollidaysburg, PA with special guest Jordan Conigliaro, WJAC TV Sports Director, as plunge emcee. The event welcomed more than 500 plungers and raised over $115,000.
The Winter Games Polar Plunge culminated SOPA’s weeklong celebration, welcoming hundreds of individuals to brave the cold waters of Canoe Lake in an effort to bring awareness to its 40th Anniversary Winter Games competition that took place prior to the plunge from January 29th – 31st at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and the Kirk S. Nevin Arena (Seven Springs and Greensburg, PA). Funds raised benefit Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities who participate in year-round sports training and competition.
To kick the Polar Plunge off a day in advance, a “splash party” was held on Friday, February 3rd at The Altoona Grand Hotel in Altoona, PA. This third annual Friday Night Splash offered attendees an evening of fun with live music, free appetizers, a cash bar, raffle items, and a 50/50. People had the option to purchase additional food items from a small menu, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks were included in the $10 cost of admission.
Spectators had some fun at Plunge Town while waiting for friends and family to take the plunge. Activities and entertainment included games, free refreshments, live music, costume contests, and more.
Winter Games Polar Plunge major event sponsors include Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics PA, Aerotek, GEICO, Sheetz, Harmelin Media, New Pace Productions, WJAC, Galliker Dairy Company, Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service, Sam’s Club, Altoona Grand Hotel, Geeseytown Community Fire Company, Atlantic Broadband, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania State Police.
Hundreds of brave souls took a dip in the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville on Saturday, February 4th to help raise money for Special Olympics Pennsylvania - York County.
Approximately 700 people plungers participated, raising more than $90,000. Participants who opted not to plunge instead performed a "Chicken Dance" as a “Too Chicken” to plunge plunger.
Special Olympics York County currently has 360 athletes participating in 15 sports programs. Our programs are supported by hundreds of volunteers, giving their time and talents and by the generous contributions from individuals, companies and organizations.