2020 MSP Polar Bear Plunge

2O21 Polar Bear Plunge

A Maryland Tradition

Virtual Only

Are you a teacher, coach, or student who is looking for a whole school engagement activity? Join us for the first-ever Virtual Cool Schools Plunge!

Virtual & In-Person

Calling all law enforcement, military, fire/EMS and first responders! Join us in-person or virtually for a morning of fun at the Police Plunge!

Virtual & In-Person

Motivate your coworkers for the coolest team-building experience of the year at the in-person and virtual Corporate Plunge!

Virtual & In-Person

Want to be a part of the largest Plunge in the world? Plunge virtually or in-person at the 25th Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge!



We are looking for new team members to experience our most challenging cold water event, the Super Plunge! If plunging into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay seems like cake, don't worry because Super Plungers do it 24 times in 24 hours. Learn more and sign up to take the challenge now!

The Polar Bear Plunge is part of Maryland's history. For the past 25 years, thousands of plungers have jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay all in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Your dedication to our 8,716 athletes is impactful and has created countless inclusion experiences across the state of Maryland. While we originally had a different vision for celebrating our 25th anniversary, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are excited to say that the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge will go on! Help us reach our goal of $3 million this year and register for the 2021 Plunge, today!


of our $2,000,000 goal


Super Plunge


Cool Schools







Virtual Plunge

W H A T   T O   E X P E C T

Virtual Plungers are encouraged to participate as an individual or with friends, family, and colleagues. As a Virtual Plunger, you will fundraise and receive the same benefits as In-Person Plungers but will have the ability to be creative and film your own Plunge at home. Virtual Plungers will also have a chance to take home a Plunger of the Week title and prize pack!

In-Person Plunge

W H A T   T O   E X P E C T

This year's in-person Plunge will take place on January 29-31st. Due to potential limitations to gathering sizes, Plunge 2021 will not be a “festival” style event, and plungers will have the option to sign up for time slots. If the state of Maryland restrictions make it impossible to successfully accomplish the in-person Plunge as scheduled, the makeup dates will be March 23-28th.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Be on the back of the Plunge Sweatshirt that over 10,000 Plungers wear year-round with great pride all across the state.


Make impressions and tell your story through our media partners: WBAL TV 11, 98 Rock and 1090 AM leading up to the event.


Reach new audiences and get your brand’s mission, values, and purpose in front of over 43,418 social media followers. 


The Plunge is the ideal opportunity for your organization to drive business, make B2B connections, and build company culture.

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