Polar Plunge For Special Olympics Iowa

Polar Plunge

Onsite Registration & Check-in

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Buffalo Shores Park

Plunge: 1:00pm

Post Party

Immediately following Plunge. Stay warm and enjoy fun, food, drink, music, and drawings. Lunch can be purchased for spectators at registration for $5 ages 6 +, 5 and under free.

Plunge Teams:

It is recommended participants register online at soiowa.org/plunge. Teams of 10 or more are encouraged. You can recruit a team or be placed on one the day of the Plunge.

Prize Categories:

  • Best Costume (individual and team)
  • Top Individual Fundraiser
  • Top Online Fundraiser (as of Oct. 25)
  • Top “Chicken” Fundraiser

Door Prize Drawing: For every $75 raised, your name will be entered into a raffle for the door prize drawing.


The Davenport Polar Plunge®, a Special Olympics Iowa fundraiser, is set for Saturday, October 26 at Buffalo Shores Park. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified partners by taking a cold dip in frigid waters.

“This is a fun opportunity for the public to show their support for Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners” shared Madison Nelson, Law Enforcement Torch Run Event Coordinator. “Create a team, find a costume and come out for a fun day of meeting new friends, supporting a great cause and enjoying food and music.”  

Wondering how you can get involved? There are many different ways to get involved – plunge solo, plunge as a team, toss your boss, sponsor an individual or team, or volunteer at the event. If you are too chicken to plunge, you can register to raise funds and receive a T-shirt and other prizes. The more money a plunger or chicken raises, the more prizes they receive. Special prizes, including apparel and gift cards, will be given to the plunger who raises the most money, the chicken with the most money, and the team with the best costumes.

Each plunger or chicken must raise a minimum of $75. Immediately following the Polar Plunge there will be a post-party where participants can warm up and enjoy food, drinks, music and prizes. 

All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Iowa and help to continue to provide year-round sports training and competition to more than 16,000 Special Olympic athletes and Unified partners.

Thank you to our Polar Plunge sponsors: Kwik Star, Texas Roadhouse, Aleris, Jewell Group, I-80 Kitchen Peels, Q106.5, 101-3 KISS-FM, American Bank & Trust, The North Scott Press, MidAmerican Energy Company, Quad City Bank & Trust and Dierickx Farms.


When: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time: Plunge starts at 1:00 pm

Registration/Check-In: Saturday 11:45am – 12:45pm at Buffalo Shores Park

Where: Buffalo Shores Park (7765, 1433 W Front St, Buffalo)

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to more than 16,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round.

Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates personal achievement. Through Special Olympics sports training and competition, children and adults with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential and experience inclusion in their communities every day.

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