Philadelphia Cool Schools

“Cool Schools” plungers are teams of high school students who plunge together, raise funds together, and raise awareness of Special Olympics together. Registering as a “Cool Schools” team is a great team-building experience and an awesome way to support Special Olympics athletes within your school community!

Here are your options:

PLUNGE IN-PERSON:

Join us on Friday, January 28th at Citizens Bank Park and take your plunge together.

Here’s how:

  1. Choose a Team Captain: A COOL teacher, coach, advisor or other faculty member
  2. Gather Your Team: Your in-school team can include 10 classmates, teachers, friends, or family members
  3. Pick a COOL team name
  4. Register Your Team:
    • As “Cool Schools” plungers your registration is FREE!
    • To earn an official Philadelphia Polar Plunge t-shirt, each team member must raise a minimum of $35.
  5. Don’t Stop: Now that your team is registered, challenge a rival school or club within your school to take the Polar Plunge. The team that raises the most money will win the ultimate prize… BRAGGING RIGHTS!

If your “Cool Schools” team plans on attending the Philadelphia Plunge in-person, all students under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver and send to a designed SOPA representative, a minimum of one-week before plunge day.

PLUNGE VIRTUALLY:

Take the “Polar Pop” Challenge and participate from the comfort of your school or campus. It’s a great way to participate virtually and still raise funds for Special Olympics.

Here’s how:

  1. Choose a Team Captain: A COOL teacher, coach, advisor or other faculty member
  2. Gather Your Team: Your in-school team can include 10 classmates, teachers, friends, or family members
  3. Pick a COOL team name
  4. Register your team as “Virtual Polar Poppers”
    • Use the promo code COOL at checkout and your registration will be FREE!
    • To earn an official Philly Plunge Plunge t-shirt, each team member must raise a minimum of $35
  5. Pick a day and assemble your team at-school or on-campus (have a photographer ready!)
  6. Then… 1-2-3 POP cold water balloons over your heads to show how you’re #FreezinForAReason for Special Olympics
  7. Share your experience on social media using #PHILLYPLUNGE.

Is your “Cool Schools” team participating virtually? Here’s an idea… Do an in-school challenge between sports teams or clubs within your school. See which team can raise the most money for Special Olympics and win the ultimate prize… BRAGGING RIGHTS!

If your “Cool Schools” team plans on participating virtually, please contact Jon Blitzer at jblitzer@specialolympicspa.org

Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear

HOST A RAIN RALLY:

The Cool Schools Rain Rally is hosted by a school or university and held on campus or a nearby community site. Most often, the local fire department generously provides support.   One or more fire engines are brought to create a rainbow shower of water through which students, teachers, and administrators go through with spirit! While using fire engines is the most popular, you can be creative in how you conduct your own fun and safe event.

  1. Commit to “Freezin’ for a Reason”: Students come out to a parking lot or large grass area and run, walk, dance or skip through a ‘rainbow water shower’ created from a fire engine
  2. Enhance the atmosphere: Play music and incorporate other elements to add to the spirit and enthusiasm of the event.
  3. Fundraise: Special Olympics Pennsylvania sets up a Rain Rally fundraising site through Classy for students to use to register and activate their networks. Funds raised will support Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Unified Champion Schools program.
  4. Incentivize it! Participants who raise a minimum of $40 receive a Rain Rally tee shirt
  5. Inspire a Competition: Like other viral fundraising challenges, the students can challenge students from rival schools, as well as others throughout the state.

We encourage schools and colleges to select their own schedule and design a “Cool Schools Rain Rally Event” in their vision.

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

Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear