If you are unable to join us for one of our eight Polar Plunges, join us for the Virtual Polar Pop! Virtual plungers are asked to pop a cold water balloon over their head or get someone to pop it for them.  This will be an online event open to all.


Don’t Want To Take The Plunge But Still Make A Splash?

We invite you to participate in our second annual Polar Pop! To do the Polar Pop on behalf of Special Olympics PA, please follow the steps below.

  • Choose the Polar Plunge site nearest to you. There are eight Polar Plunges throughout the state from which to choose
  • Visit to the registration page on that plunge site and register as a Virtual Plunger: Take the Polar Pop
  • Complete the registration and start soliciting donations. If you are doing the Polar Pop on behalf of a local program, please list that program in the space provided during the registration process
  • Share your Polar Pop pictures and videos using the hashtag associated your selected plunge (Ex: #ERIEPLUNGE, #WGPLUNGE, #PHILLYPLUNGE)

Please note that registration to do the POLAR POP closes on the day of the Polar Plunge event per location.

Here are the deadlines to register on each plunge site:

  • Erie: Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Beaver County: Saturday, January 8, 2022
  • Capital Area: Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Winter Games: Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Lehigh Valley: Saturday, February 19, 2022
  • Pittsburgh: Saturday, February
  • Philadelphia: TBD
  • York: TBD

If you REGISTERED prior to the selected plunge’s deadline, you are still able to fundraise on that page

If you DO NOT REGISTER by the selected plunge’s deadline, you are welcome to sign up to do the POLAR POP virtually at any of our open plunge sites.

  • Please find an active plunge. The dates of each plunge are listed with the plunge information.
  • You can sign for on ANY available plunge. If you are doing the POLAR POP on behalf of ANY local program throughout the state, please enter that during the registration process to ensure your local program receives the revenue.


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

What you need

#1: Find Your Perfect Video/Photo Spot Location

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

#2: Get Your Items ReadySet Up

  • Fill your water balloon, grab a person to record the moment, have a towel handy, and be sure to print out and hold up an "I Plunge For" sign.

#3: POP!!!Water Balloon

  • Pop that water balloon! You or a family member pops it over your head. Make sure you count down so the person taking a photo knows when to click!

#4: Dry OffTowel

  • Dry off and get ready to review your pop!

#5: Share Your Pop!Computer

  • Upload your video/photos to be included in the Plunge Celebration. 
  • Share your video/photo to social and challenge others! Don’t forget to use your selected Plunge's hashtag.
  • Help us to spread the word!  Challenge five others to make a donation and complete the Polar Pop with you.  

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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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