Plunge FAQ

What is a Polar Plunge?
Participants collect donations to support Special Olympics Kentucky and they take a plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Cumberland.

When and where is the Plunge?
The Plunge will be held on March 9, 2024, at Lee's Ford Marina (451 Lee's Ford Dock Rd. Nancy, KY 42544).

Who does the Plunge benefit?
All donations raised will benefit the over 11,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities that participate in Special Olympics Kentucky. Funds raised will be used to provide year-round sports training and competition, as well as comprehensive health screening programs.

How do I sign up?
Visit and select register now! 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 minimum of $75 to take the plunge! Junior plungers, ages 8-18, 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!

Can I use Facebook to fundraise?
Yes! Be sure to follow these steps on how to connect your Facebook page to your Participant Center.

What do I wear?
Costumes are encouraged - the best costumes will be awarded the Golden Plunger! We recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes for after your plunge. 

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:Lake Cumberland Polar 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: Community, Corporate/Civic, School/University and Public Safety
-Top Individual Fundraiser
-Top SOKY Athlete Fundraiser
-Best Costumes

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

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