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Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, April 2 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2022 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason: to help support Special Olympics.

Ways To Participate

The Polar Plunge is a wacky, fun event and a unique way to support persons with intellectual disabilities.

Join a team or Plunge by yourself, either way you’ll join hundreds of people that are freezin’ for a reason!

  • Register as a Plunger and create a fundraising page where you can collect donations online.
  • Too chicken to plunge? You can still support the cause through donations while you keep your feet on dry land. Cheer on the plungers as you stay warm in the ‘chicken coop’.
  • Start or Join a Team – Create a team or join an existing team’s fundraising page.
  • Support a Plunger – Want to support a friend? Make a donation.
  • The more you raise, the more you can earn.

What To Expect

The Polar Plunge takes place Veteran’s Park, but there’s more than just swimming to look forward to. A Family Fun Area will include law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (weather dependent), a silent auction, raffle and more.

Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged! Brave the waters as Superman, rock out like a superstar, or dive in with a swimsuit.


  • Friday registration from 5-8 PM at Big Bear Chamber of Commerce at 630 Bartlett Rd.
  • Registration opens at Veteran’s Park (40870 Big Bear Blvd) at 10 AM on April 2.
  • Opening Ceremonies begins at 11:45 AM
  • The Plunge begins at Noon!

Family Fun

A Family Fun area will include many activities, including law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (dependent on weather), a silent auction and raffle, and much more.

How Your Donation Helps

Every dollar raised through the Polar Plunge will help fund Special Olympics Inland Empire programs in

your community. Special Olympics is more than a sports organization, our athletes are twice as healthy as non-participating people with intellectual disabilities. We also offer free health screenings, nutrition and wellness programs, and leadership opportunities for our athletes. Special Olympics Health is made possible by a generous gift from Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation.

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. When people with and without intellectual disabilities connect on the sports field, hearts and minds are opened and barriers are broken down.

Contact Event Coordinator Abbey Leffler at 951-703-6502.


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