Penguin Plunge

To REGISTER for a Penguin Plunge or to DONATE

in support of a Plunge or Participant, CLICK on an event 



NEW DATE: Farmington – Winding Trails - January 31, 2016*

*Postponed from its original date, January 24th,
due to the predicted snowstorm.

Winsted  – Highland Lake - February 27, 2016
Middletown – Crystal Lake - February 20, 2016
Inaugural Shoreline Plunge (formerly known as the New London Plunge) - March 6, 2016
Westport – Compo Beach - March 12, 2016

Register online to reserve your FREE event t-shirt!

Other Plunge Events

Ellington Plunge presented by South Windsor PD and Crystal Lake Fire Department

- March 19, 2016

Plunge at the Park presented by the Monroe Police Department - Wolfe Park

- April 2, 2016



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. 270.


Incentive prizes include:

Bow ties
Sweatshirts and more!

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 adults 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

Penguin Plunge Resources and 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 


Click below for fundraising tips:

Business Opportunities 
Team Fundraising 
General fundraising tips and tricks