Members of the Cave Babe Dwellers team take their dip in the icy pool during last year’s annual Polar Plunge at Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater. This year’s event is Saturday. (Tom Ganser photo)

Whitewater hosts annual Polar Plunge Saturday to benefit Special Olympics

Hundreds of Special Olympics Wisconsin supporters from across Whitewater and the surrounding area will be Freezin’ for a Reason as they plunge into icy water to raise funds this Saturday at Cravath Lakefront Park beginning at noon.

The Whitewater Polar Plunge is one of 13 events that take place across the state this year.

Money raised in this unique winter tradition helps SOWI athletes compete in games at the state, national and international levels in addition to helping with health and wellness programs that enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities year-round.

Last year in Whitewater, plungers raised $54,000. Statewide, brave and generous participants brought in more than $1.3 million.

Although most participants plunge with friends, co-workers and classmates or even go solo, the Polar Plunge truly is for everyone.

Individuals who want to support the cause but would rather stay warm and on dry land can register as Too Chicken to Plunge.

Plungers who raise the minimum $75 will receive the official Polar Plunge long-sleeve shirt. Those raising more can earn additional items such as tumblers, towels, sweatshirts or Visa gift cards.

In Whitewater in 2019, the top fundraising team raised more than $5,000.

But there’s much more than those jumping into frigid waters. This event partners with the City of Whitewater and Freeze Fest and features a chili cook-off, hot chocolate, live DJ, raffles and more.

The Polar Plunge is an event enjoyed by all ages and is lucky to have great support from the community including The City of Whitewater and University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

Registration is open at For more information about Special Olympics Wisconsin, visit

Contact Caitlin Fitzpatrick at 262-598-9507, ext. 2, or; or Tommy Jaime at 608-442-5675 or for more information.


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