This winter, hundreds of “plungers” will brave the chilly waters at four different locations across Florida in support of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On December 7, 2019, Central Florida participants will take the plunge into the wave pool at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark to raise money benefitting Special Olympics Florida during the 11th annual Polar Plunge Orlando.
What Is the Polar Plunge?
The coolest way to have some fun while supporting a good cause, the Polar Plunge is basically an opportunity for people to dress up and run into a body of cold water with their clothes on. All proceeds from the annual fundraising drive go toward helping Special Olympics Florida provide year-round services and training for more than 51,000 athletes and partners with special needs. This year’s campaign has set a fundraising goal of $220,000. To date, approximately $15,000 has been raised toward that goal in donated gifts.
What to Bring to the Polar Plunge
Participants are not only asked to bring towels, but also outrageous costumes. At Polar Plunge Orlando, Special Olympics athletes along with participating corporate teams are encouraged to have fun by dressing up to match the chilly theme of the event. Expect to see teams dressed as polar bears, penguins, narwhals, and seals as they gear up for their chilly dip. The Polar Plunge will reward plungers who go the extra mile with awards for Best Team Costume and Best Individual Costume.
What to Expect at the Polar Plunge
With plungers psyching themselves up to be bold and embrace the cold, spectators should expect a rambunctious charitable event that includes:
• Large crowds with plenty of energy
• Wild costumes and floats
• Loud music and appetizing food and drinks
• A spirit of unified togetherness in service of others
• Chattering teeth, shrieks, and goosebumps
Polar Plunge Restrictions
While the event does not have any age restrictions, participants under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian to take the plunge. To enter, potential plungers must also meet the $100 minimum fundraising goal set by the Special Olympics organization.
About the Special Olympics Florida
Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Florida is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. In Florida, over 33,000 dedicated coaches and volunteers help serve our special needs community by providing education, fitness training, and athletic competition for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cool Rooms, Warm Beds
If you’re traveling to Orlando this winter to take up the Polar Plunge challenge, book your stay at the Rosen Inn. We’re conveniently located just up the street from Aquatica on International Drive, so you can warm up fast after your icy plunge. To reserve your stay, call 407-996-4444 or click “Book Now” at the top of the page.