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Special Olympics PLUNGE 2019


SATURDAY March 2nd   at Big Bear Lake


Get ready to be freezin’ for a reason  and show how brave you are while raising funds for Special Olympics. Participate in Special Olympics Southern California’s annual Big Bear Polar Plunge™ benefiting Inland Empire athletes on Saturday, March 2, at Veterans Park on the shores of Big Bear Lake.

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support persons with intellectual disabilities by running, walking or dancing into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake.

Each Plunger will receive a long sleeve shirt, a BBQ lunch and two-for-one ski passes with a minimum of $50 raised. Additional incentives are available for those who raise more. Are you “Too Chicken to Plunge?” You can still register as a chicken, raise $50, but stay DRY in the "Chicken Coop" while your friends go take the plunge.


A big part to the annual Polar Plunge is fundraising efforts to impact the SOSC athletes in Inland Empire. Once you have registered for the Polar Plunge, you can do more by taking part in the event's fundraising competition, as an individual or in a group. The more money you raise, the more chances you have to earn cool incentives. To help you reach your goal, we have created resources and tips. Whether you solicit donations online or in person, we have materials to support you. They can be found at 


“Taking the Plunge is a unique way for individuals, groups, and corporations to support our athletes,” said Bill Shumard, President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Our ocean and lakes have frigid winter waters so brave souls can cross this off their bucket list and raise money for Special Olympics at the same time.” 


Plungers are encouraged to create their favorite costume, whether they come alone or plunge with friends. Registration is now open at   


The Big Bear Plunge takes place at Veterans Park at Big Bear Lake. On-site registration opens at 10 a.m. with opening ceremony to the Plunge beginning at 11:45 a.m. The Family Fun Area, which includes law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (dependent on weather), a silent auction and raffle, and much more, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Come a day early and join all Plungers at Wolf Creek Resort in Big Bear Lake on Friday, March 1 for the Polar Plunge PreParty. Come to register early as you’ll jam to music to get you ready for the plunge!. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. 


Plunge and stay the weekend! View our lodging partners for more information or to book your discounted lodging package today:! Please note: restrictions may apply, package rates and conditions vary per lodging partner 


Special thanks go out to the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, Special Olympics largest grassroots fundraising program, for hosting the Polar Plunge. Officers representing a variety of law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California raised $1.5 million in 2017 through Tip-A-Cop dinners, Plane Pulls, 5K/10K runs, raffles, car shows, bike rides, Polar Plunges, Adopt-a-Cop programs, golf tournaments and other special events. 


For more information or to register, visit or contact Abbey Leffler at or call 951.703.6502. 


Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 37,100 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, leadership, and health programs. Founded in 1969 by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California provides free year-round sports training and competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation develops improved physical fitness and motor skills and greater selfconfidence. Special Olympics has become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics Southern California has earned a 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator for exceeding industry standards. This ranking is the highest Charity Navigator offers to an organization and is given because Special Olympics has demonstrated strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. Learn how you can get involved at      #WeAreSOSC



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