Participants can plunge at 7 locations across the state or have the option to Plunge My Way virtually to support the athletes

(November 1, 2023) – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Communities across Ohio are preparing to be “Freezin’ for a Reason” as the annual Polar Plunge Season for Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH) gets ready to kick off.  Last year, participants from across the state dressed in costumes and plunged into lakes and pools in support of the organization. In 2024, participants are invited once again to either take part in-person or virtually with their teams in support of the 20,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout Ohio.

From the end of January through the middle of March, seven plunges will be held across the state to fundraise as friends and supporters submerge themselves in an icy body of water. The virtual option to participate in the Polar Plunge is still available, encouraging as much involvement as possible from athletes, families, friends, local businesses, and community groups to support Special Olympics Ohio athletes.

“Building on the tremendous success of last year’s Polar Plunge season, we are preparing for a more elevated experience in 2024,” said Special Olympics Ohio President and CEO Jessica Stewart. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our amazing partners and participants who make it possible for us to produce this very unique and exciting event. Funds and awareness generated by our Polar Plunge events greatly assist Special Olympics Ohio athletes in achieving their dreams and celebrating inclusion in their communities.”

The impact of the Polar Plunge supports year-round sports training and competition, health education and leadership programs for 20,000 Special Olympics Ohio athletes.  By fundraising $75 or more, participants help provide opportunities for athletes at no cost to them while creating a greater sense of belonging for everyone in the community.

Participation in the in-person or virtual events are open by visiting or any of the following sites:


For more information, please contact Chad Highland at or (614) 239-7050 x600.