Special Olympics Vermont

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Penguin Plunge


Registration is open for the 2016 Penguin Plunge events!

North Bennington: Saturday, January 16th @ Lake Paran Boat Launch

Newport: Saturday, February 6th @ The Gateway Center

Burlington: Saturday, February 6th @ Burlington Waterfront Park

Cool Schools: Saturday, February 6th @ Burlington Waterfront Park


Fundraising Requirements:

Plungers must reach the fundraising minimums for each event to participate. Plungers who raise $500 or more are eligible for a series of fundraising incentives.

North Bennington: Registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 for students)

Newport: Registration fee + $75 fundraising minimum ($50 for students)

Burlington: Registration fee + $150 fundraising minimum

Cool Schools: $150 fundraising minimum


New to the Penguin Plunge? Check out the news coverage of the 2015 events.




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Penguin Plunge History

In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont.  The initial fundraising efforts exceeded expectations and by the following year, $27,000 was raised at the second annual Burlington Penguin Plunge.

Today, the Penguin Plunge is a three-part series with events in North Bennington, Newport, and Burlington. Nearly 1,500 brave souls will jump into Vermont’s icy lakes to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun  team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses. Do you have 32 degrees of courage?



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