A polar plunge is an event held during the winter where participants enter a body of water despite the low temperature. In the United States polar bear plunges are usually held to raise money for a charitable organization.
Where else can you brave the cool waters of the Atlantic with 3300 plus fearless costume clad friends and support a good cause at the same time? Starting 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8, thousands will gather at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 6th Street and, on our signal, dash into the icy waters along with Red Weasel Media capturing the event as it unfolds. RWM team members will be taking photos of those who dare to brave the cold Atlantic Ocean, and will be interviewing participants as they come out of the water.
Whether you just dip your ankles or take a minute to splash around, it’s the coolest thing you’ll do all year… not to mention you are creating more opportunities for our athletes to experience the life changing benefits of participating in Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self-discovery for everyone, and the organization’s goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and ability of the intellectually disabled.
Plungers must raise $100 to participate; those under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature.
All photos were taken with the Nikon D7100 by Prince Happoldt of Red Weasel Media.