Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

February is “Plunge Month” and we are excited to once again host the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge at Heinz Field! This year, we’re offering an in-person plunge and a virtual option. Our goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to be #FreezinForAReason and to support our Special Olympics athletes. Thank you for being a part of our movement!


Join us on Saturday, February 26th at Heinz Field for our in-person Pittsburgh Polar Plunge!

Polar Plungers Commit To:

  1. Raising a minimum of $50 to participate ($20 is due at registration and counts toward your fundraising goal)
  2. Showing up ready-to-plunge in proper attire on plunge day to encourage social distancing and reduce the number of people using changing tents at one time
  3. Jumping into the frigid pools, donated by Pool City, to show your support of our Special Olympics athletes!

In order to be guaranteed an official 2022 Polar Plunge t-shirt, please register by February 11th.


Polar Plunge Registration Opens: 9:00 am

To promote social distancing and ensure smooth plunge waves, we are encouraging all plungers to show up in their plunge attire, ready-to-plunge. Masks are strongly encouraged when in in-door spaces. Extra masks will be available on-site.

Plunge: 11:30 am


Want to support Special Olympics athletes but really, REALLY don’t want to plunge into the frigid pools outside of Heinz Field? It’s your lucky day!

Register online as a “Too Chicken” plunger and make a one-time $50.00 donation to support the 2,700+ Special Olympics PA athletes. As a “Too Chicken” plunger, you can also setup an individual fundraising page to raise even more money for our athletes! The choice is yours!

Our “Too Chicken” plungers are welcome to join us on plunge day at Heinz Field. PLEASE NOTE: Spectator space may be limited due to Covid-19 mitigation rules and local regulations. Please check this website for updates as plunge day draws nearer.

For more information, contact Andrew Cader, at acader@specialolympicspa.org or 724.375.7515 X248.

Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear


BACK FOR 2022… Take the Virtual “Polar Pop” challenge! Pop a cold water balloon over your head, or over the heads of friends and family members, to show your support of Special Olympics. This virtual option is open to everyone and is perfect for people who are unable to attend the in-person plunge.

Virtual Polar Poppers Commit To:

  1. Raising a minimum of $50 to get the 2022 Polar Plunge t-shirt
  2. Doing your “pop” by Thursday, March 31st
  3. Posting about your “pop” on social media using #PGHPolarPlunge and challenging others to register and join in on the fun!

In order to be guaranteed an official 2022 Polar Plunge t-shirt, please register by February 11th.

Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear

IMPORTANT: All reasonable efforts will be made to hold scheduled in-person plunges which assure the safety of all participants. However, Special Olympics PA reserves the right to modify or cancel events as circumstances surrounding the pandemic evolve.

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