Each January, thousands of brave souls, participate in the Polar Bear Plunge and take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. The non-profit organization encourages people with intellectual disabilities to discover their strengths and abilities through sports activities. Through coaching and competitions, the Special Olympics provides programs to instill confidence, improve health and inspire a sense of accomplishment. The annual Polar Bear Plunge includes a full day festival with live entertainment, food and drink at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. The following pictures show a glimpse of the event.
For details about attending, see the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge.
Governor Martin O'Malley Takes the Polar Plunge
The Polar Bear Plunge has become popular amongst local celebrities and politicians. Governor Martin O’Malley has participated and taken a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay in support of the Special Olympics.
Chilly Waters of the Polar Bear Plunge
Ohhh! the water sure is cold in January! The Special Olympics is a global organization with programs in 170 countries. Polar Plunges are held in a variety of places in the United States. The Maryland Special Olympics sponsors the event at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis.
Police Participate in the Polar Bear Plunge
Groups may form teams to participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Bathing suits are suggested, (no wet suits are allowed) but some people jump in fully clothed. Corporations can make pledges to participate and challenge their coworkers to join in the fun. These plunges are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with a happy hour celebration to follow.
A Massive Polar Bear Plunge
A crowd plunges into the water at Sandy Point State Park during the main event of the annual Polar Plunge. Two rounds of plunges take place so that there is ample opportunity to participate. After the plunge, participants warm up with hot cocoa and other events.
First in the Wate: Polar Bear Plunge
Kids of all ages participate in the Polar Plunge. Younger children can participate in the Pee Wee and Family Plunge early in the day.
Enthusiastic Polar Plungers
Enthusiastic participants run into the water during the Polar Plunge. Participants wear team t-shirts and encourage each other to brave the cold temperatures while supporting a good cause.
A crowd watches the Polar Plunge from the beach at Sandy Point State Park. Many people enjoy the event from the beach while cheering on family and friends. Spectators add to the life and energy of the festivities.
Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Maryland. Are you brave enough to join in the fun?
Polar Plunges have gotten really popular in recent years and many events are scheduled in support of a variety of charities each winter around the capital region. See More Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia