Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunges Going Virtual

Crucial Fundraising Events Begin the Year for Special Olympics New Jersey

Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ), in conjunction with its sponsors, partners, and local and state authorities, has made the decision to switch Polar Bear Plunges in Wildwood and Seaside Heights to an ALL VIRTUAL platform. Virtual plunging is a way to keep the spirit of the annual Polar Bear Plunges alive and thriving, while maintaining proper safety measures and adhering to state and local protocols for outdoor gatherings.

“While certainly not ideal, the spirit of the plunges will live on this year through our thousands of loyal supporters,” said Heather Andersen, President and CEO of SONJ. “We encourage plungers to ‘Plunge Your Way’ and continue raising vital funds to get our athletes back on the playing fields and courts, where they belong. Your support is more important than ever.”

Instead of braving the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean this year, thousands of plungers will take up water balloons, super soakers, garden hoses, pools, and any other creative means necessary to take the Virtual Polar Bear Plunge, all to raise funds and awareness for over 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

About Virtual Plunging

When to plunge: Anytime! Plunger’s choice: Register, raise the minimum donation and/or additional funds to reach incentive levels … then plunge! The deadline to be eligible for Wildwood incentives is March 27 and the deadline for Seaside plunge incentives is April 17.

How to plunge: Anywhere, any way! Whether it’s a bucket of ice water, super soakers, water balloons, ice bath, kiddie/swimming pool, or any other means, participants are invited to get creative and Plunge Their Own Way, then share the experience!

Why plunge: Since the middle of March 2020, over 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes have been isolated, unable to fully participate in their usual sports, social, and community events. Research shows individuals with intellectual disabilities are at higher risk for COVID-19 and lack equitable access to proper healthcare. These athletes need support now, more than ever, to get back to the physical activity, social interactions, and inclusive opportunities that reduce isolation and depression, while increase overall health and wellness.

About Polar Bear Plunge – Wildwood

The 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood, sponsored by the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), is organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey in partnership with the City of Wildwood and Wildwoods Convention Center and supported by Wawa. Registration is only $25 and individuals must raise $100 minimum to participate prior to March 27. The event raised over $344,000 in January 2020.

To learn more about the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood visit PlungeWildwood.org.