You just have to be there in person to watch Maryland’s coolest charity tradition! The Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary from January 29 to January 31, 2021.
If you’re brave enough to dive into the 30-degree waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you can help raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. This annual bone-chilling, but heart-warming event is held at the end of January on the scenic seashore of Sandy Point State Park.
The Polar Bear Plunge annually gets more than 10,000 hardy souls to muster their courage and dive into the freezing Chesapeake Bay for a terrific cause. If you like to stay dry, we invite you to become a ‘virtual plunger’ or cheer on the entrants on the beach.
Inspired by Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s vision, the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago in July 1968 with 1,000 athletes from the USA and Canada.
Now the world’s biggest sports organization for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics provides training and competitions year round to more than five million athletes from 172 nations. Local, national, and regional competitions total over 100,000 events annually.
Officially sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the Special Olympics World Games is held every four years.
The Polar Bear Plunge receives funds from each person raising $75 or more for the privilege of taking a dip in the invigorating waters off of Sandy Point State Park or taking a ‘virtual plunge’ in the warmth of your own home.
Brave souls can either pay the fee out of pocket or raise the money from pledges. Each person who makes this contribution will get a prestigious sweatshirt commemorating the Polar Bear Plunge’s 25th Anniversary.
The event’s proceeds support more than 7,500 special athletes from Maryland.
For More Information: Polar Bear Plunge 2021
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