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$170,000 raised at Plunges in New River, RVA & NOVA

Thanks to the 810 participants who brrraved chilly waters at Polar Plunges® in Radford, Richmond and Northern VA in February. Plungers celebrated a COOL $170,000 raised – and counting! – for Special Olympics Virginia.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “PLUNGING this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one. And all so that we can unify communities across Virginia through the transformative power of Sport, Health and Education.”

Special thanks to the many groups who helped us chill out across the state:

In the New River Valley:

  • 150 Greek Life Students from Radford University and Virginia Tech got cold feet for a cool cause
  • Phi Sigma Kappa from Virginia Tech had more than 50 brothers plunge, plus they raised $9,000+ and claimed the top team fundraising prize
  • Sara Perks raised more than $4,000 and claimed the top individual fundraising prize and some cool Polar Plunge swag

The New River Plunge was presented by Radford University, Radford City Police Department and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia.

In Richmond:

  • 112 K-12 students from area schools got cold feet for a cool cause, raising more than $9,000+
  • The Chesterfield Police Department, lead by Col. Thierry Dupuis, raised $6,000 and claimed the top team fundraising prize
  • Elizabeth Grosch raised more than $1,900 and claimed the top individual fundraising prize and some cool Polar Plunge swag

This year’s Richmond event was presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, Willow Lawn, WTVR CBS6, 103.7 Play, Star 100.9, K95, G104.3, Hot 106.1 and Classic Rock 96.5

And in Northern VA: 

  • Special thanks to our event sponsors, Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse, Walmart, Potomac Shores, SourceAmerica, TJ Maxx and the Prince William Times
  • Special Olympics Virginia's Area 26 had more than 20 athletes and coaches participate, plus they raised $18,000+ and claimed the top team fundraising prize
  • Kelly Updike raised more than $4,500 and claimed the top individual fundraising prize, some cool Polar Plunge swag, and two round trip tickets courtesy of United Airlines

This year’s Northern VA event was presented by the Prince William County Police Department and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia and hosted by Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse for the 15th time. 

Still want to get in on the COOL action? Join us for our inaugural Polar Plunge in Charlottesville, March 11 at The Shops at Stonefield. Click here for more details and to register

Since 1993, more than 48,000 plungers have raised in excess of $12.7 million for Special Olympics Virginia. The inaugural Polar Plunge took place in 1993 at the Clarion Hotel in Virginia Beach, when 108 plungers raised more than $11,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. The 2017 Plunge in Virginia Beach celebrated 25 years this year, and raised $1.1 million.