Why Plunge?

Our Colony is about so much more than an icy dip. It's about creating an inclusive environment for more than 23,000 Special Olympics Virginia athletes.

When you join the colony, you're choosing to be a part of something bigger. For so long, the only thing our athletes have asked for is the opportunity to play and compete. We believe that it's no longer enough to provide a place for people of all abilities to come together through sport. It is time to demand uncompromising inclusion— in school, employment, healthcare, social activities and yes, sports, too. For our uprising to succeed, we need more rebels, heroes, and fighters like you.

We need you to fight for athletes like Robert "The Hulk" Harris. As an athlete, he has directly benefited from the funding that comes from Polar Plunge. Through Special Olympics, Robert has been able to not only compete but also travel and make lifelong friends and receive life-changing medical care.

Robert is so grateful for everyone who takes the Polar Plunge.

"I just want to say thank you. Thank you for taking your time because I know for some people that's hard."

You can learn more about the mission of Special Olympics Virginia here.