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What is the Polar Plunge?
The Polar Plunge a/k/a/ Polar Bear Plunge, consists of brave souls that raise money to “plunge” into icy water in Kansas during winter. Costumes are encouraged, because who wants to get their good clothes soaking wet? Plus, it helps disguise the fear in your eyes!  Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $50 and there is a toolkit to help them in their fundraising efforts.  In 2017, nine Kansas communities will host a Polar Plunge. Get a team together or go it alone. Teams should have a minumum of two but there is no maximun number of participants. The team must raise the $50 fee for each participant.  (i.e. 10 team members must raise $500 together).The individual Plunge fees must be raised by the day of the Plunge, however, fundraising can continue up to 30 days after the event. 

This year, your team or organization can share in the fundraising dollars earned by your Plunge. Download the Information on the Revenue Share Program for program specifics, print off your Application and send to Luke at schultel@ksso.org. Applications are due Dec. 1

Toe dippers

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your brrravery as you support Special Olympics athletes by running, walking, jumping or toe dipping into frigid waters.

We don’t care how wet you get, just as long as you get what it’s all .  Many of our plungers repeat the wacky event year after year. 

What is a Polar Strut?Pittsburg runners
The Polar Strut may consist of a sanctioned 5K, a 5K run/walk, 1 mile fun run/walk, or even a cross country run. Go for the time or enjoy a stroll just do it with attitude! It’s strutting your stuff to support Special Olympics athletes.  Each Plunge site will determine the type of Strut to be held at their location, so please check the description. The Strut, like the Plunge, requires a minimum donation to participate and you are encouraged to consider raising more money for the cause.  An on-line tool kit is available to make you successful.


A Virtual Plunger? Pay the cash - you don’t have to splash! 

Let’s say for some Coffee drinkersreason  you can’t plunge, don’t run, or icy water is not your thing, then consider doing a VIRTUAL plunge.  What does it take?  Absolutely nothing!!  Just register at the location of your choice as a plunger and solicit pledges (or donate) to support Special Olympics Kansas.  If you raise the $50 minimum or even more, you receive the same incentives as a plunger, while you stayed warm and dry!  Pick up your incentives at registration or a pre-registration event at your plunge location.   Please take a photo and post to twitter or facebook with #plungeks.  We don’t mind anyone who wants to virtual plunge!   

Be a Cool School

The Cool School Challenge is a friendly competition between area schools as part of the Polar Plunge. Students who are interested in creating more inclusive school environments, raising money to support Special Olympics athletes and supporting their school while having fun doing something wild should form a Cool School team. Click on the link for more information.

Each Polar Plunge location will have the following awards:

  • Highest fundraising indivdual
  • Highest fundraising team
  • Team with most plungers
  • Best costume individual
  • Best costume couple
  • Best costume team (3 or more people) 


Raise more funds earn more incentives! It is a win-win for Special Olympics Kansas and you. Plungers raising the minimum donation of $50 will receive a commemorative T-shirt and strutters paying the minimum registration fee will receive a commemorative cinch sack. Strutters and Plungers raising additional funds will receive the following incentives based on amounts raised. This year you have a choice of a higher quality incentives and as a result they are not cumulative.

T-shirts and cinch sacks will be given at registration.  All other incentives will be mailed in April.

 Amount Raised   Item      Description
  Entry Fee

   Commemorative Cinch Sack



 Commemorative T-Shirt




Plunge Incentives Ball Cap


 T-shirt and
 Ball Cap





Plunge incentives fleece shirt


 T-shirt and

 Crew Neck Sweat Shirt




Sweatpant with logo


 T- Shirt and

 Athletic Pants


     Plunge Incentive Backpack  

 T-Shirt and 


  $1,500 and up

Photo Frame
 Plunge Jacket with Logo

 T-Shirt and 

 Jacket and

 Optic Crystal Photo Award Frame recognizing your as a

 "Big Bear Fundraiser".

Prizes are not cumulative
Volunteer Several of the Plunges have volunteer opportunities.
Click here to view locations and volunteer information.