Cool Schools Plunge:

9:30am – 12:00pm

The Cool School Challenge is a friendly competition between local Philadelphia schools. Students and staff are encouraged to create a team of “Plungers” and join the coolest event around! Your school’s team should work together to recruit as many participants as possilbe, while raising money and awareness for Special Olympic athletes – including those in your own school!

The school team that raises the most money at the Philadelphia Polar Plunge will be named the Cool School for that area, receiving ULTIMATE bragging rights!

At the plunge, your school will join up with all of the other Cool Schools for a pep rally at Drexel University, where we will announce THE COOLEST SCHOOL in the area. Along with the naming of the coolest school, schools will participate in educational activities prior to plunging in the frigid waters.

Now that you are ready to take the the Plunge, you must:

  • Designate a Team Captain – this cool teacher, coach, advisor or other faculty member will help organize the team and be the point person with your local program Special Olympics contact.
  • Pick a team name. (create 1 team name for your school and be sure to include your school name in your team name)
  • Register your school’s group online. Recruit and motivate others to be part of the fun!
  • Team Captain is responsible for collecting and submitting all monies to Special Olympics during on-site registration the day of the event.
  • Don’t forget to check out our Plunge Resources.

Roles & Responsibilities for the Team Captain:

  • Set a fundraising goal and monitor your team’s progress.
  • Organize team fundraising events.
  • Communicate regularly with the team, providing updates and reminders.
  • Lead the charge into the water on Plunge Day and HAVE FUN!!!

How Your School Can Make a Splash!

Generate buzz for your Cool School:

  • Promote your school’s Plunge Team by hanging flyers, posters, sign-up sheets and other kinds of eye-catching materials throughout the school.
  • Further promote your team in the school newspaper, with PA announcements and through the school’s Facebook page.
  • Besides challenging other schools, have a friendly internal competition between classes, clubs, sports teams, etc., to see who can recruit the most Plungers. Reward the winning group with a prize.

Host a team fundraising event:

  • Approach school staff with a dress down/jean day, where employees make a donation for the opportunity to wear jeans for the day.
  • Provided a donation jar for each class.
  • Do you have prime parking spots reserved in your school’s lot? Consider putting them up for auction each week, with proceeds benefiting your Plunge team.

*Please note that the locker rooms are also used by Drexel University students and staff. We encourage you to keep your belongings with you and leave them with a friend while you plunge. There are day-of lockers available at a first-come, first-serve basis that you are welcome to use. Special Olympics Philadelphia and Drexel University are not responsible for any items left unattended in the locker rooms.

Remember you will be “FREEZIN’ for a REASON

To register online or for more information, please call Kristin at 610-630-9450, ext. 252. The plunge is open to the public and all spectators are welcome free of charge.