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Welcome to the
2021 Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge!

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Tune into the Penguin Plunge Live-Streamed Celebration on

March 27th from 10:00am - 12:30pm!

The live stream will be accessible on the SOVT YouTube channel, SOVT Website, and on local television: COMCAST: 1074; Burlington Telecom: 15 & 215 (HD).

Thank you for your interest in the 26th Annual Penguin Plunge!

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Registration now open!

February 6, – March 27, 2021 • Click below to register OR donate!

Remote & Limited In-Person

Remote Only

Plunge Season Kick Off!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Join us at Church Street Marketplace from 11am-3pm on Saturday, February 6th for the 2021 Penguin Plunge Kickoff!

Get out of the house and enjoy some socially-distant fun!


  • Music from our friends at Top Hat Entertainment

  • SOVT Treasure Hunt & Trivia

  • Prizes

  • Register for the Penguin Plunge

  • Support our downtown Burlington businesses

  • Much More!


Everyone who attends the kickoff and registers for the 2021 Penguin Plunge on February 6th will be entered to win a $75 gift box from our partners at Cabot Creamery Co-operative!


February 6 – March 27, 2021

Remote Plunges Take Place

Supporters can choose a date between February 6 and March 27 to complete their remote plunge. We’re asking all plungers to  send us a video of their personal plunge event, to be included in the live stream of the Penguin Plunge celebration on March 27th!

Remote Plunge Options Include:

  • Wear your best summer clothes and make a snow angel

  • Have a socially distant snowball fight with your teammates

  • Pick a few teammates and dump or toss buckets of water on each other

More information with the full requirements for remote plunging coming soon.

March 27, 2021

2021 Plunge Celebration!

On Saturday March 27, 2021 we are hopeful to host a re-imagined event, in person, at the Burlington Waterfront, where a limited number of participants can take the traditional plunge into Lake Champlain (General Plungers Only)

Thanks to our partners at The Media Factory, this event will be live streamed! It will include videos of all of the remote plunges, as well as messages from our partners, athletes, and the greater Vermont community. 

*Please note, this plan is subject to change without notice*

There will be water, you will be cold, you will have goosebumps, whether it's at the Burlington Waterfront, at home, or somewhere in between. 

Thank you for your support!

Just Announced!


$2500 + $3000 - Hotel Vermont

Plungers who raise $2500 or more by March 19 will enjoy a complimentary stay at the Hilton Burlington on Friday, March 26. Raise $3000 and get a second complimentary night on Saturday, March 27!

$1500 + $2000 - Hilton Burlington

Plungers who raise $1500 or more by March 19 will enjoy a complimentary stay at the Hilton Burlington on Friday, March 26. Raise $2000 and get a second complimentary night on Saturday, March 27!


$1,000 - ‘Vermont-Made’ Basket

$750 - 2021 Penguin Plunge Sweatshirt

$250 - Socks & Suds

Raise $250 and earn a pair of Vermont Lake Monsters socks, courtesy of Community Bank, N.A. and soap from Twincraft Skincare! 


$500 - Skida Headband

Plungers who raise $500 or more by March 27th will receive a penguin and SOVT branded headband from Skida!

Largest Team - Plunge Trophy

The team with the most participants will be recognized with a trophy.


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 the prizes for their fundraising efforts.  Please note that fundraising incentive prizes are cumulative (a Plunger who raises $1,000 will receive the prize for $250, $500, $750, and $1,000).

Fundraising Incentives will prizes will be announced as they are determined.

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Not sure about taking the Plunge? You can still support Special Olympics Vermont and be a part of the festivities as a volunteer. Volunteer registration for the 2021 Penguin Plunge will open a bit later but there are other opportunities to get involved with Special Olympics. For more information, contact Fundraising Manager, Nihad Basic - nbasic@vtso.org.

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Thank you, sponsors!

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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 26th 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 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 Olympics style sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2020, Penguin Plunge events raised over $614,000, or 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.