The Plunge is Truly the Coolest Event in NJ!
The Polar Bear Plunge has grown to become the largest single day fundraising effort for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 to take a mid-winter dip into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Many Plungers raise more than the minimum and earn Plunge gifts at various fundraising levels. All proceeds collected by Plungers benefit Special Olympics athletes and help to foster the Special Olympics New Jersey mission.
Who Does This Crazy Thing - Don't Laugh, Maybe You
Anyone with a little courage, a warm heart and a desire to support Special Olympics athletes are welcome! Minors (under 18) are required to have parent/guardian signature of consent to participate. We suggest that those with health concerns check with their doctors before Plunging.
In past years, Plungers have included 6-year-olds to 70-somethings, mayors, police chiefs, officers, corporate teams, families, high school clubs, fraternities, and everyone in between. For the more hesitant, there is plenty of room for watching and cheering!
The Scoop on the Plunge
Participation Fee: Each Plunger must raise at least $100. This goal can easily be accomplished by asking family, friends, co-workers, etc. for a donation, large or small, on your behalf. Corporate Matching Gifts are welcome. Plunge individually or pull together a team of 10 or more.
Each team member is required to register early and each must raise a minimum of $100.
Keep fundraising until the day of the Plunge. Use the Friends Asking Friends® tool to raise funds effectively
Deposit: $25 minimum (counts towards the $100 to Plunge). The $25 minimum deposit will be credited to your $100 minimum registration fee. You may submit the $100 minimum Plunge fee at any time prior to the event to be officially registered.
Plungers who register before the deadline can get all sorts of cool Plunge items. Raise more than the minimum $100 and earn more great items. Plungers may earn event embroidered plush bathrobes, travel bags and special edition blankets. In addition, top level fundraisers can earn a personalized leather sleeved Plunge varsity jacket.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
To ensure the safety of all participants, Special Olympics New Jersey and the Law Enforcement Torch Run request your cooperation in refraining from the consumption of alcoholic beverages prior to, during or post-Plunge.