Plunger of the Year
64 Virtual Plungers. 63 matchups. 1 winner.
Winner: Ralph Gemmill
Congratulations to our Plunger of the Year, Ralph Gemmill! You take home the title for the next year and scored an awesome prize pack provided by some of our incredible corporate partners. Stay cool!
Thank you, Plungers!
Message to our voters
In the Final Four round of our Plunge of the Year bracket, there was a technical glitch in our bracket system. We consulted with both of our Virtual Plungers who were in the bracket with the error and the decision was made to move forward with the Championship Round that you see reflected in the bracket above. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and sincerely appreciate everyone's patience!
Meet the Final Four
Better known as "The Flying Ralphie", Christopher Waters is a 17-year Plunger who works within the school system. He has participated in the Maryland Plunge and the Super Plunge. He estimates that he has physically Plunged around 245 times!
I have great memories of doing the plunge. However, my experiences doing the Super Plunge and staying overnight with some of the athletes (Jimmy Myrick, Joe Wu, Josh, Desi, Ben) has been nothing short of life-changing. When I spent time with them and really got to know them, it really came from a special place in my heart. I got to see the inclusion firsthand and be inspired by them. It always left me with the best feeling. I also try to encourage others to do the plunge and/or support it by giving a donation. I've always looked forward to the plunge each year. It has truly changed my heart.
Cool Schools Plunger
Kelle Brumley is our Final Four Cool Schools Plunger. This year is Kelle's first Plunge and she is excited to Plunge for Catoctin High School's Unified® Sports Team. Check out Kelle's video featuring some of the team!
It has been my absolute pleasure and honor to serve as the “Team Mom” for Catoctin High School’s Unified Sports Teams led by our amazing Coach Nesbitt. I’m awestruck by the spirit, character, and moxie of the athletes on our teams. They make our school and our community a kinder, better place. I plunge for: Megan, Destiny, Cam, Anna, Ava, Siddah, Grace, Will, Sarah, Sadie, Jazmyne, Johnny, Sammie, Jordan and so many more. Through these unforgettable kids, I plunge for all the Special Olympics Maryland athletes!
Ralph started with SOMD in 1980 and has competed in track and field, swimming, ice skating, soccer, bowling, field hockey, sailing, kayaking, skiing, golf, equestrian, basketball, and softball. Ralph also attended the original Camp Shriver for many, many years.
I plunge because I enjoy it, & love supporting Special Olympics in providing sports for me, & my friends. Special Olympics Maryland is my life!
Rucker & Sgt. Mull are members of Baltimore County Police's Police Plunge team. Together their team has raised over $35,000 for the Police Plunge this year. Rucker has made quite the splash in this year's Plunge of the Year contest, racking up over 48,000 votes.
I plunge in support of the incredible Special Olympics athletes across Maryland. Our fundraising makes it possible for them to participate in sports and other programs that they love. I also plunge in solidarity with my fellow law enforcement partners during the Police Plunge and fellow Super Plungers during the Super Plunge. Our efforts to raise awareness and funds really do make a difference. Seeing the genuine joy and smiles on the faces of those athletes is truly my 'why'.
– Chief Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Police
Voting open now!
Monday 2/1/21 at 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Tuesday 2/2/21 at 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Wednesday 2/3/21 at 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Thursday 2/4/21 at 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Friday 2/5/21 at 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Saturday 2/6/21 at 11:15 AM – 2/7/21 11:15 AM
Sunday 2/7/21 at 12:00 PM
How we choose the 64 videos
Video submissions that have been submitted through social media or sent to our team directly were reviewed with the help of our Athlete Leadership Council, made up of 21 SOMD athlete leaders. After reviewing and deliberating, 64 Virtual Plunge videos were selected and advanced to Round 1 for the general public to vote on. 8 of these spots are reserved for winners of Plunger of the Week.