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Polar Plunge is what happens when thousands of people run into icy cold water to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon.  Polar Plunge gives students an opportunity to support a great cause and spread awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities.



We invite your school to create a team and join in the tradition!


Show your school spirit while giving back to the community and hanging out with your friends and fellow classmates.  Polar Plunge is a great opportunity for students to promote respect, demonstrate leadership skills and show their support for Special Olympics Oregon.  


It's COLD enough and your school is BOLD enough! 


2016 dates and locations:

  • February 13     Eugene

  • February 13     Corvallis           

  • February 20     Bend      

  • February 20     Medford

  • February 27     Portland



K-12 School Challenge

Does your school have a heated rivalry?  Why not start an "icy rivalry" and challenge your rival to a contest off the field of play and in community service that gives back to fellow Oregonians.  If rivalry isn't your thing, that's okay too.  The goal of the school challenge is to show your community that students and schools take pride in giving back and are committed to making a diffence!






Each Polar Plunge will give a trophy to the K-12 school that:


  • Raises the most money
  • Team with the most members



Earn money for your school!

If your school has a Special Olympics Unified Sports program, then your school will recieve 50% back of however much your team raises!  This money will help support your school's Unified Sports program and provide athletic opportunities to all students!




Win PRIZES! - Each individual plunger will receive the official Polar Plunge t-shirt, a cup of soup to warm you up and bragging rights over all the people who couldn’t handle the icy water!  






2016 Individual Fundraising Incentives:


  • $50 receive Official 2011 Plunge Long-Sleeved Nike T-Shirt
  • $250 receive the above, plus a Polar Plunge Oregon Nike Hat
  • $500 receive the above, plus a Polar Plunge Oregon Nike Backpc
  • $1,000 receive the above, plus a Polar Plunge Oregon Nike Hooy
  • $2,500 receive the above, plus a Polar Plunge Oregon Nike Jacket



Fundraising Toolkit


The toolkit includes all of the information, resources and materials that you will need to get a team started at your school.


Download: Polar Plunge Toolkit


Click here to register »




If you have questions or need help getting a team started at your school, contact:


Alix Wasteney, Youth Leadership Manager

awasteney@soor.org | 503-248-0600 x43