Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state. It's a great way for everyone--individuals, teams, organizations and businesses--to get involved supporting Special Olympics New Jersey. All funds raised go towards programming and events for thousands of athletes statewide.



About Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside


Early Bear ($100 minimum): September – December 31

Now I’m Ready Bear ($110 minimum): January 1 – January 31

Better Late Than Never Bear ($120 minimum): February 1 – February 17

Almost Missed It Bear ($125 minimum – FLAT RATE): February 18 – February 24

Please note that all plungers must meet the minimum fundraising amount by the time they check-in for the event.

When you register, there is a $25 registration fee. The good news is that the $25 registration fee counts toward the total fundraising minimum. So, the additional funds you need to raise are in addition to the $25 registration fee. However, between February 18 – 24th, (Almost Missed It Bear) the registration fee is a flat rate of $125 to participate and receive a sweatshirt. 

We encourage you to start your fundraising efforts early, reach out to your network, and raise funds to support our cause. Your contributions will significantly impact the community and those we serve.

Event Information

Plunge Total

OF OUR $2,150,000 GOAL

Plunge Leaderboard

Individual Leaders

Amount Raised: $25,638
Goal: $25,000
Amount Raised: $16,391
Goal: $16,500
Amount Raised: $12,683
Goal: $12,000
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Team Leaders

Amount Raised: $94,936
Goal: $100,000
Amount Raised: $83,802
Goal: $75,000
Amount Raised: $78,740
Goal: $30,000
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The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside maybe a fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics New Jersey, but it's also a life changer for the athletes and their friends, families, and communities.

How Funds Make a Real Impact

For over 50 years, Special Olympics New Jersey has provided year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities, and health screenings to more thousands of athletes. All of these programs and services are completely FREE of charge, thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside.  Look below for a glimpse at how these funds are making a real impact!

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