*** Please note: We have launched NEW fundraising software that is more user-friendly! Your fundraising pages are even able to connect directly to your personal Facebook account which makes it easier to share with family and friends.
Check out this guide for helpful tips and tricks to sign up as an individual or on a team!
If you are creating a team, make sure you create your own individual fundraising page too so donations you receive are credited to your name!
Tentative 2018 Plunges Dates
Check back September 1st for more information and to register
Register online to reserve your FREE event t-shirt!
Farmington – Winding Trails - January 28, 2018
Middletown – Crystal Lake - March 3, 2018
Winsted - Highland Lake - March 3, 2018
Shoreline Plunge - Ocean Beach Park, New London - March 4, 2018
Westport – Compo Beach - March 31, 2018
Other Plunge Events
Plunge at the Park presented by the Monroe Police Department - Wolfe Park - TBD 2018
Ellington - Crystal Lake - TBD 2018
FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON
Penguin Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Participants (“Penguins” / “Plungers”) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. The Plunges take place in five locations throughout Connecticut at lakes and beaches across the state. The events take place throughout the winter season, from January through mid-March. Your participation provides funding to support over 13,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
To join in on the fun, Penguins need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costumes, Penguins receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts.
If you don't want to register online, download a printable registration form and mail or fax it to us at:
Fax to: (203) 230-1202
Special Olympics Connecticut
Attn: Penguin Plunge
State Street, Suite 1
Hamden, CT 06517
Still have questions? Call us at (203) 230-1201, ext. 264.
Double your donation! Make sure to find out if your company matches gifts. Fill out your company's Matching Gift form and submit it along with your pledge information.
All participants must raise $100 to participate.
All Penguins must be at least 8 years old on the day of the Plunge to participate.
Don't go it alone!
Get your friends, family or co-workers to Plunge with you and form a TEAM.
Too Chicken to Plunge?
Too chicken to plunge? That’s ok! You can still be a part of the fun. Many of our plunges have a “Chicken Coop”. Raise pledges and receive incentives just like a Penguin except no going into the icy water. You’ll get to hang out in the “Chicken Coop” staying warm (and dry!) while you cheer on the brave Penguins! It’s a fun way to still be a part of the team.
All Chickens under the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be a part of the Chicken Coop.
Awards are given in the following categories to the top fundraising individuals and groups at each plunge:
Emperor Award – Top Fundraiser
Emperor Club Award - Top Fundraising Group
Rockhopper Award – Best Individual Costume
Waddle Awards – Best Group Costume
Silver Award – Oldest Penguin
Rockin’ School House Award– Top Fundraising School Group
Arctic Hero Award - Top Fundraising Public Safety Group
Penguin on the Rocks Award – Top Fundraising Bar/Restaurant
Incentive Levels & Prizes
Incentive prizes include:
Sweatshirts and more!
Penguin Plunge Resources & Downloads
Download the waiver
Printable Registration Form
Download the pledge sheet to track your donations
Penguin Plunge FAQ
Learn more about getting your school group involved in the Rockin’ Schoolhouse competition
Learn more about the Penguin on the Rocks competition, designed for local bars and restaurants to get in on the fun
SOCT Local Program Fundraising guidelines
CAS Unified Sports Fundraising guidelines
CAS Unified Sports Fundraising FAQ