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Welcome to the
2022 Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge!

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Registration now open!

March 26 • Click below to register or login to your fundraising page!

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Penguin Plunge is a rain, snow or shine event!


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.

$500 Incentive Level
Raise $500 by March 11, 2022 and receive your choice of a Skida neck warmer or headband!

$750 Incentive Level
Raise $750 by March 11, 2022 and earn a pair of Darn Tough Socks!

Plunge Day
March 12

Time: The plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. and finish at 2:00 p.m. One week before the event, all plungers will receive an email with your designated wave and plunge time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your plunge time. 


Parking: Parking is available in various locations and is first come first serve.

-Pease Lot: 4 College Street – pay by the hour

-Lake Street Lot: pay by the day

-Street parking: when available there is parking on Lake Street and College Street and is paid by the hour

-Handicap parking: We will have 3 spots reserved in the small lot at the end of Penny Lane (near the boat launch) 


Event Flow: Each team will receive an email ahead of the plunge with their wave number, wave time, and a group/corral number (for example, Wave 1, Corral 1, 10:00am).  Each wave will consist of three groups of 24 people. Teams with more than 24 people will make up multiple groups within the same wave. The map below provides a great visual for how the event will be set up. We are asking that everyone comes dressed prepared to plunge (including shoes!), with a change of clothes and shoes for after plunging, if they’d like. There will be small changing tents for use as each plunge group gets out of the water. Plungers are asked to be quick, as the changing tents will allow only 12 women and 12 men in at a time, and the next group will follow closely.


COVID Protocols: We are asking that plungers wear masks at all times unless physically plunging. Masks can be placed with your change of clothes by the changing tent right before you plunge. Masks should be put back on before entering the changing tent. Each team should only be interacting with each other, and will be outside, distanced, unless they are changing. 


After Plunging: After changing, grab a cup of coffee from Starbucks, or a cup of hot chocolate provided by Mansfield Hall! Then, proceed to your cars.


Spectators: We are not encouraging spectators for this year’s Penguin Plunge. We understand that friends and family may want to come watch you plunge, which is great! We just ask that once you are done plunging, they move on to make room for friends and family of upcoming waves. We will be live streaming the event so you can catch the rest of the action on our website.

Click here for a map of the plunge area.

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Thank you, sponsors!

Southern Vermont Penguin Plunge

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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 27th 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.