Register Today for the Cool Schools Polar Pop!

We may not be able to take the Cool Schools Polar Plunge in-person this year, but we can all be unified throughout the state by participating in an extraordinary and unusual event – the Burrr-tual (Virtual) Polar Pop!

Special Olympics PA is asking students, teachers, and administrators to safely pop a water balloon over their heads to raise funds in support of Unified Champion Schools throughout the state. 

Each school or college sets up their own team which participants then join. Registering as a “Cool School Team” is a great team-building experience and an awesome way to support Special Olympics athletes!

The money raised helps fund more than 230 schools throughout the state offer fully-inclusive Special Olympics Unified Sports and inclusive youth leadership programs.

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  • Register your school or college team right away.
  • Participants can do the Polar Pop any time in February.
  • Cool Schools Popapalooza: If your school team members want to join other schools throughout the state in doing their Polar Pops together, the date of the statewide Cool Schools Popapalooza is Friday, February 19.


  • Step # 1: Click here to register your school’s team. Please make sure you use your school’s name as your team name.
  • Step # 2: Ask students, teachers, and administrators to join and recruit members for your school’s team! Share the link to your team page so it’s easy for participants to join. There is no cost to sign up. Any team member who raises $40 receives a 2021 Polar Pop tee shirt!
  • Step # 3: Participants reach out to classmates, family, friends, and colleagues and ask them to make a donation in support of their Polar Pop.

If you encounter any issues when registering, please click on the links below which provide instructions. If you still have problems, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for donor support.

Registration "How-To" Guides:



Review the below Polar Pop Checklist and more information about how to Pop!

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#1: Find Your Perfect Pop Location

This is where you will do the pop! Make sure it’s outside or somewhere where you can easily clean up a water mess.

#2: Get Your Items and Have Someone Film You

Fill your water balloon and grab a person to take a video or photo of you getting wet! Have a towel handy. If you like, hold up an "I Plunge For" sign.

#3: Do the POP!!!

Pop that water balloon! You or a family member or a friend pops it over your head. Before or after the balloon has been popped be sure to tell the camera why you are doing the Polar Pop! And use the opportunity to challenge any family members or friends to donate to your fundraising page.

#4: Share Your Pop!

Share your video/photo to your social media pages (TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and tag any others you are challenging! Don’t forget to use #FreezinForAReason #PAPolarPop

If you would like to be included in the Polar Pop Plunge Celebration, upload your video/photos to our Special Olympics PA Dropbox as soon as possible.

An Important Caution: You MUST exercise caution and personal responsibility in your Polar Pop activities! Special Olympics Pennsylvania cannot identify or control the risks of every activity. 

Be smart, be safe, and be careful – for you and all who join you in your Polar Pop activity. Please follow all safety and COVID-19 protocols. Have fun with it; but above all, BE SAFE.


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