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Polar Bear Plunge

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Event Schedule

10 – 11:45 a.m.                  Register in Hickman Lounge at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge
12 p.m.                                Costume contest at Schenk Lake
12:15 p.m.                           How to Survive the Plunge
12:20 p.m.                          Inaugural Polar Plunge at Oglebay’s Schenk Lake


How to Participate

  1. Donate $50 per person to Special Olympics WV and plunge into Oglebay’s Schenk Lake for the inaugural Polar Plunge at Oglebay in Wheeling, WV!  Pledge your own $50 donation, or solicit contributions from friends, family, businesses, employer, etc. Donations will be collected by Special Olympics WV on January 25, 2020 prior to the plunge.
  2. Register in Hickman Lounge at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge on January 25, 2020 from 10 – Noon and turn in contributions and pick up your t-shirt and other swag.
  3. If the plunger is under 18 yrs., they must have a parent or guardian sign a release form prior to plunging. Please contact Special Olympics WV at 304-345-9310 or visit
  4. All plungers are  required to sign a release form prior to plunging into Oglebay’s Schenk Lake on January 25, 2020. Diving is not permitted, but belly smackers are encouraged!


Donation Incentive Structure

Everyone who takes part in the Polar Plunge will earn incentives based on the amount of donations they raise for Special Olympics WV!

  • $50 = Plunge and T-Shirt
  • $200 = Plunge, T-Shirt, Tumbler
  • $350 = Plunge, T-shirt, Tumbler, Fleece
  • $500 = Plunge, T-shirt, Tumbler, Fleece, Gift Certificate for dinner

Swag will be distributed at registration on Saturday, January 25 from 10 – 11:45 a.m.


What to Wear

Come dressed to plunge! Swimsuits (with t-shirt if you prefer) are most common and costumes are highly encouraged for those who want to show their enthusiasm for Special Olympics WV!

Restrooms will be available at Schenk Lake, and participants are encouraged to change into dry clothes immediately following the plunge. Robes, jackets and shoes/slippers are also encouraged. Don’t forget your towel!


About Special Olympics WV

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of sports skills and that competition among those with equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding of people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

For additional information about Special Olympics WV call 304-345-9310 or visit


January 25
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003 United States
Wheeling Park | 1801 National Road | Wheeling, WV 26003
304-243-4185 or 800-624-6988, ext. 4085