February 26, 2022 featured the return to Seaside Heights for the Polar Bear Plunge.  After holding the 2021 event virtually, everyone was happy to be back in person in the sand on what was a cold day in winter.  But that didn’t stop 5,900 plungers who made up 445 teams and raised a combined amount over $2 million, which was well over the goal for the event!

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Events like this help provide sports competition, health screenings, and so much more to the thousands of Special Olympics New Jersey athletes across the state. Having a place to belong and make friends in a safe environment is so crucial for them, and so important to get back to during these tough times. You have all helped them immensely!

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For those of you who plunged virtually, or if you have any great photos/video you’d like to share, feel free to add it to our website: Show Us Your Plunge

Special thanks to those who went above and beyond with their fundraising efforts!

Top 3 Fundraising Individuals
1. Scott Paterson – $41,437
2. Grace Meek – $34,531
3. David Coppola – $22,368

Top 3 Fundraising Teams
1. Bayshore Shrinky Dinks – $75,814
2. 2nd Avenue Freeze-Out – $69,511
3. NJKofC Polar Penguins – $66,072

Whether you plunged virtually, or braved the cold weather and freezing waters of the Atlantic, donated, volunteered, or worked the event – we want to thank you for your efforts! We hope you’ll continue to support Special Olympics New Jersey, especially next year when we do it all again!

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