Gearing up for Special Olympics Vermont's Penguin Plunge

COLCHESTER, Vt. - This winter, brave Vermonters will plunge into icy Vermont lakes, all to support The Special Olympics Vermont. The 23rd Annual Penguin Plunge event series kicks off in Burlington's Waterfront Park on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The event supports sports training and competition, health screenings, and leadership opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Vermont.

According to Special Olympics Vermont, the organization serves 1,310 athletes and 400 Unified partners offering 12 sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2017, Special Olympics Vermont reports the Penguin Plunge events raised a record breaking $572,000, which was nearly 40 percent of the organization's operating budget.

The Burlington Penguin Plunge starts at 12 pm and is open to all ages. Businesses, families, sports teams and friends can form teams to fundraise and then take the Plunge together. Click here to register.

Schools can also take part in the "Cool Schools Penguin Plunge" which takes place an hour before the regular Plunge, at 11 am. Students, teachers, administrators, coaches and other staff members are all encouraged to fundraise and participate together. Click here to register.

If you miss out on the opportunity in February, another Penguin Plunge event is being held on March 31 at Stratton Mountain Resort. You can register here.

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