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Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Polar Bear Plunge – held in conjunction with the PA Law Enforcement Torch Run – is a fundraising event in which individuals pledge $50 or more for the chance to run or jump into icy cold waters.

Due to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases, Pennsylvania’s highly anticipated Polar Plunge has shifted to an all-virtual event for the 2021 season. But, while the format has changed, the need for your support remains the same – helping to provide inclusive sports, health and school programs for 16,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.


What is the PA Polar Pop?

We are excited to offer a new safe, at-home challenge. Participants will still register online, commit to raise $50 or more in support of our life-changing programs, do a cold water challenge, and earn cool gear along the way. But, instead of plunging into icy cold waters in a traditional fashion, participants will pop a cold water balloon over their head and challenge five people (friends, family members or co-workers) to do the same. Click here to learn more.

Proceeds raised go to help provide year round sports training and competition for thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities. Your contribution and involvement helps athletes achieve their goals, live healthier lives, and have a sense of inclusion in the community.

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