Vermont Business Magazine The 25th annual Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is coming up on Saturday, February 1st at the Burlington Waterfront. Over 1,300 Plungers will take the Plunge in both the Cool Schools event (for students and educators) at 11am, and the Burlington event (for all community supporters) at noon. It is an extremely exciting day celebrating our community’s effort to grow inclusion across the state of Vermont. We invite everyone to come down to the Waterfront to experience the event and enjoy our Winter Village which will have music, food trucks, local vendors, SOVT merchandise, a scavenger hunt and more!
Also, on Thursday, January 30th, at 11am, we will be holding our Pre-Plunge event at the Burlington Waterfront. The Pre-Plunge is an opportunity for us to test the waters ahead of the Plunge and raise awareness about the event, get some last minute registrants, and encourage people to come cheer on our Plungers and enjoy the Winter Village. Members of our SOVT staff and Board will be in attendance along with a number of our partners including Community Bank, Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Flannel, Cabot and Union Mutual. We invite local media to come cover the event, learn about the Penguin Plunge, and join us in jumping into the lake (that part is completely optional).
The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a unique winter event where participants raise funds to take a dip in Vermont's icy lakes.
Now in its 25th year, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event series supports a movement that works year-round to foster inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. Today, Special Olympics Vermont serves 1,602 athletes (people with ID) and 575 Unified partners (people without ID who train and compete with Special Olympics athletes) offering thirteen Olympics style sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2019, Penguin Plunge events raised $534,000, or nearly 40% of our operating budget.
Source: Special Olympics Vermont www.SpecialOlympicsVermont.org