Jumping into a frozen lake, river, or other body of water in the middle of winter may seem like a crazy idea, but over the past 20 years, thousands upon thousands of Special Olympics Indiana supporters have risen to the challenge, braved the elements, and made our annual Polar Plunge a huge success.

In the winter of 2018, we set all-time highs when more than 3,000 plungers took part in our signature fundraiser and brought in nearly $800,000 to support year-round programs and events for our athletes. But with your help, the 2019 Polar Plunge Season will be our biggest and best yet! #LetsMakeHistory

Support Special Olympics athletes in your community and across the state by joining us for this extreme fundraising event for the warm at heart!

Learn more or register below, and check out our official Polar Plunge Calendar to find an event near you.

About the Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Indiana’s signature fundraiser, the Polar Plunge is a series of exhilarating events held each winter where individuals and teams brave the elements by taking an icy dip to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. Each Polar Plunge event has its own unique personality, with additional activities ranging from costume contests to 5K fundraising races and the always popular “After Splash Bash” – a celebration following each event where participants are recognized and presented with awards.

All funds raised by the events directly benefit more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout the state, giving them the means to train locally and compete at the state level in a number of Olympic-type sports.


Participants must raise a “bear” minimum of $75 ($50 minimum for students with a student I.D.) to take a daring dip into Indiana’s winter waters. All funds raised by the event benefit Special Olympics Indiana.

All participants must complete and submit a Release and Waiver of Liability. Participants must be at least 12 years old on the day of the Plunge—those under the age of 18 must have a signature from a parent or guardian.

Thank you for “Freezin’ for a Reason!”

Need More Information?

For more information about the Polar Plunge, please email Scott Furnish, or call him at 800-742-0612, ext. 236.

Polar Plunge e-Newsletter

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Polar Plunge Mobile App

Download to your smartphone to get the latest event calendars, directions, pictures, videos, plunge contests, dip tips and all things Plunge! Paw R. Bear gives the App “two paws up” for the new tool created by our friends at Bluebridge.

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Hello fans of Special Olympics Indiana!

My name is Paw R. Bear and I’m the official mascot of the Indiana Polar Plunge. Follow me as I travel Indiana to raise excitement and share information about upcoming Plunge events.


More Ways To Plunge

Super Plunger Program

Super Plunger Program

The Super Plunger challenge dares participants to go beyond the call of duty.  Are you brave enough to be a champion for our Special Olympics athletes?

More information on our Super Plunger program

Virtual Plungers

Get the “thrill” without the “chill”! Sign up today to be a part of the virtual plunger program. Participants are eligible for the Plunge incentive items starting at the $75 level to receive the souvenir t-shirt.

Join the virtual plunger program

Campus Challenge

The 2019 Campus Challenge class has seven schools competing for the traveling trophy. Good luck to all in winning this year’s competition for top fundraising university!

Plunge Prizes

The more you raise, the more it benefits Special Olympics Indiana. You can also win some pretty great prizes. It’s a win, win situation!

See all 2019 Polar Plunge Fundraising Prizes

Plunge Awards

A little effort offers fun rewards!  Special awards in the following categories at each plunge:

  • Best Costume
  • Largest Group
  • Most Money Raised by an Individual
  • Most Money Raised by a Team

Knights of Columbus District Challenge

  • District with most plungers overall
  • District with most funds raised overall.

Prizes will be awarded at the Knights of Columbus convention in April.

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