Plunge FAQ

What is a Polar Plunge?
The Plunge works just like a Walk-a-Thon, but with one big twist. Participants still collect donations to support their effort, but instead of walking, they take a chilly dip into a pool that will be set up and filled with icy cold water.

When and where is the Plunge?
The Plunge will be held on February 1, 2020, at Joe's Crab Shack in Bellevue, KY. Check in opens at 9 AM until the last plunger enters the water around 1 PM

Who does the Plunge benefit?
All donations raised will benefit Special Olympics Kentucky and Ohio. Funds raised will be used to provide year-round sports training and competition, as well as comprehensive health screening programs for nearly 30,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.  

How do I sign up?
Visit and select register now and follow instructions on how to get your team or yourself registered. We are always available to help, just give us a call at 502-695-8222.

Who can participate?
Most importantly you must be in good physical health and over the age of 6.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to participate.

How many people can be on a team?
There is no limit to the number of people that can be on a team. The more the merrier! 

How much does it cost to participate?
You must raise a BEAR minimum of $75 to take the plunge! Junior plungers, ages 6-18, must raise $50. We have lots of tools to help you raise funds and even sample e-mails to make it easier and less time consuming for you!

What do I wear?
Costumes are encourgaged
!  We recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes for after your plunge. There are tents where you can change out of your wet clothes and into something warmer so you can stick around to cheer on your friends!

Can I bring guest with me to the Plunge?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to cheer you on! 

Are pets allowed?
We cannot allow any pets, except for service animals, for safety purposes.

What if my friend and family give me cash or checks instead of donating online?
No problem. You can mail them to the Kentucky office (105 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601, Attn:GC Plunge) at least one week prior to the event or you can bring them with you to the event and turn it in when registering. We will add it to your online fundraising totals. Please make checks payable to Special Olympics Kentucky, and be sure to note on the check who the donation is going to so we can credit you/ your team!

Are awards given out?
Yes, awards and bragging rights will be handed out to the winners of the following categories:
-Top Fundraising Teams in each of these categories: Corporate/Civic, School/University and Public Safety
-Top Three Individual Fundraisers (You'll be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 AAA Kentucky travel voucher!)
-Top Fundraising Special Olympics athlete
-Best Individual Costume
-Best Group Costume

Can you earn prizes/ incentives for fundraising?
Yes, the more money you raise the more cool prizes you earn. Please refer to the Fundraising Incentives page under the Event Information Tab for specifics.

***Still have a question that we didn’t answer? Please call or email Taylor  at or 502-695-8222.  We look forward to seeing you there!