2023 Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge Details
Special Olympics New Jersey is hosting its annual Polar Bear Plunge in the Wildwoods on January 14th at 1 pm. The event takes place on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center and is free for spectators to attend.
Following the plunge, there will be a free lunch for participants and children under 12 inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.
The Polar Bear Plunge is more than just a chance to take a chilly dip in the ocean. It serves as a fundraising event for Special Olympics New Jersey, an organization that provides sports training, competitions, leadership opportunities, and health screenings to over 26,000 athletes at no cost.
This is a free event for spectators, but those who want to participate as “plungers” must raise had tased a minimum of $100 in pledges by December 31, 2022 (early bear plungers) or $110 in pledges by January 13, 2023 (late bear plungers). Plungers can also register on-site the day of the event for a minimum pledge of $125.
The event is family-friendly and there are incentives based on the amount of money raised, as well as special recognition for the top three individual fundraisers and top three highest fundraising teams.
The event is being sponsored by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run and the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police. These organizations consist of law enforcement officers who volunteer their time to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. In total, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raises over $4 million each year for the organization through various events across the state.
Check-in for the Polar Bear Plunge will take place from 10 am to 12:45 pm inside the Wildwoods Convention Center, with the plunge starting at 1 pm and lunch immediately following.
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