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Thursday March 28th | 12:30-1:30pm

Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester, VT

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Penguin Plunge About Anchor

Make a Splash

for Special Olympics Vermont

The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a unique winter event where participants raise funds to take a dip in Vermont's icy lakes.

Now in its 29th year, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event series supports a movement that works year-round to foster inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. Today, Special Olympics Vermont serves 2,000 athletes (people with ID) and 1,400 Unified partners (people without ID who train and compete with Special Olympics athletes) offering thirteen Olympic-style sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. Each year, the SOVT Penguin Plunge raises nearly 40% of our operating budget. Thank you to our loyal event sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our Plungers for supporting the Special Olympics movement and building inclusive communities.

Sign up to Plunge as an individual, join a team, or create with  friends and family or co-workers!


Raise the minimum $250 to support the athletes of Special Olympics Vermont. Go above and beyond to make a greater impact and earn awesome incentives!


Bravely jump into the icy waters of Lake Champlain with the community cheering you on! 

Fundraising Incentives

Fundraising Incentives

Special Olympics Vermont is grateful to all of the Plungers and donors who make the Penguin Plunge event such a success.  Funds raised through this event impact athletes with intellectual disabilities and their families across the state and provide life-changing experiences.  We are pleased to acknowledge our Plungers with cool items from Vermont businesses for their fundraising efforts. All plungers who raise the minimum $250 will receive a hat and a towel, raise more to make a greater impact and earn more prizes! 

Please note that fundraising incentive prizes are cumulative. The more you raise, the more you take home!

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Plunge FAQs
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  • How can I volunteer?
    Special Olympics Vermont seeks volunteers throughout the year at competition and fundraising events to perform important tasks and longer term volunteers such as coaches who can commit to a consistent schedule. Volunteer at an event - see upcoming opportunities Become a Special Olympics coach Become a Unified partner Join a program management team Become a mentor Apply to join the Youth Activation Committee Apply for an internship Become a Competition Venue Director
  • Who can volunteer?
    Special Olympics is in the business of changing lives, including those of our volunteers! We rely on volunteers to sustain our programs, and we offer rewarding volunteer opportunities for just about anyone. Volunteers must be 15 years of age or accompanied by a guardian.
  • What regulations are related to volunteering?
    Special Olympics classifies volunteers in two categories: Class A Volunteers: Individuals who have regular, close physical contact with athletes; individuals in a position of authority, supervision, or trust with athletes; individuals who handle cash or other assets on behalf of Special Olympics. Class A volunteers are required to complete the Class A volunteer form and online Protective Behaviors training, and are subject to a background check before their volunteer activities can begin. Example: Coach, running a Young Athletes program. Day-Of (Class B) Volunteers: Individuals who volunteer for a competition or fundraising event and have no athlete supervisory or monetary responsibilities. No prior experience is required. Volunteers may pre-register for an event or show up the day of. Volunteers must fill out the volunteer application form. Example: handing out towels at the Penguin Plunge, running a timer for a snowshoe event.
  • Are there any forms I need to complete?
    Yes! Please fill out and submit the Class A Volunteer Application & Background Form. Click here to complete background check form online.
  • Are their training resources available?
    Yes! Please complete the Protective Behaviors training online here.
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