Polar Plunge

What is the Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge is a very cool way for the community to come out and show their support for the athletes of  Special Olympics DC.  There will be an above-ground swimming pool erected at the Yards Park, and participants will “take the plunge” to the cheers of the crowd! 

How to Participate?

To participate, raise the $100 minimum and join us at Yards Park this March to take a dip in the pool. Each plunger receives the commemorative 2022 Polar Plunge t-shirt, and can receive other cool gifts for raising more. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place to keep everyone socially distanced and safe with plenty of hand sanitizer and masks for everyone to wear just before and just after the plunge.  If you don’t to dip in the chlorinated pool, you can get sprayed with the hose. Participate today! 

What to expect:

  • Participants who raise a minimum of $100 will “take the plunge” into an ice cold above ground pool to get freezin’ for a reason!
  • There’s also a Virtual Plunge option. Take a dip in the snow, a cold water shower or bath, the hose in the backyard or any creative and chilly method at your place.  Post the video to raise funds to support our athletes

Too chicken to plunge? You can still make a donation to show your support of Special Olympics DC athletes, or fundraise to sponsor an athlete’s plunge!

When and Where:

February 26, 2022

12 noon – 4 pm at Yards Park

355 Water Street, SE, Washington DC.

Metro: Navy Yard

Why Participate:

Your involvement is critical in helping our athletes to achieve their goals and in showing that our community embraces acceptance and inclusion. Your fundraising makes a real impact in the lives of Special Olympics DC athletes, helping them lead healthier lives and develop valuable life skills. Thank you again for your help!

How do I get started?

Visit dcpolarplunge.org and click register to sign up. You can start a team, join a team or participate as an individual. Set up your Personal Plunge Page and you are on your way to Freezin’ for a Reason! With a few clicks, you can send an email to everyone to make a donation to your plunge.

Funds raised allow children and adults to participate in Special Olympics DC year-round programs, so let’s help them get in the game!

ICE-Yards And Polar Plunge!

The Polar Plunge and ICE YARDS will be joining forces again this year to take the frozen fun to another level!  The event will include music, interactive ice activities, food vendors from neighborhood favorites and so much more! If you raise the minimum, $10, to plunge you get a FREE entrance to Ice Yards!

Get Freezin’ for a Reason with Special Olympics DC

Special Olympics DC provides year-round sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 10 Olympic-style sports at no cost to participants, thanks to your support.


Cool School College Polar Plunge:

  • Students raise a minimum of $50 to “take the plunge” into an above ground pool at Catholic University
  • Schools compete for top honors in recruiting the biggest team, fundraising and spirit!
  • It’s a battle for the title of “Coolest School” in the area!

Learn more and register at sodccoolschools.org