Be a Below-Zero Hero!

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters that Missouri has to offer.

Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved.  Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Various police departments, highway patrols, correctional centers and other law enforcement agencies around the state are proud to host this event. 

2016 Plunge Dates:







Super Plunges: 

Are you someone who thinks swimming in a semi-frozen body of water just once is kind of easy? Is Plunging 24 times in 24 hours extreme enough for you? If so, sign up in Kansas City or Lake of the Ozarks today! Click the link below to email your planner for more information. 




Please note: The recent trend of these “dare plunges” or “cold water challenges,” are in no way whatsoever associated with Special Olympics. Special Olympics Missouri conducts 14 official Polar Plunges annually. These events are sanctioned by Special Olympics Missouri and are organized with safety precautions, such as divers, lifeguards, medical and emergency personnel, shelter, warming mechanisms, and emergency procedures in place to ensure a safe, fun experience for all our Polar Plunge participants. We take the health and safety of our supporters very seriously and would encourage those participating in these “cold water challenges” to consider displaying their bravery at an official Special Olympics Polar Plunge instead where they can plunge in a safe environment, while supporting a good cause. 



$300 Goosebumps Level:


J America Tri-Blend
Pullover Fleece Hoody


$500 Chilly Level:

Egmont Packable Jacket High Sierra Duffle

$1,000 Frosty Level: 

North End Sport Flux
Melange Bonded Fleece Jacket

Sherpa Blanket


$2,000 Arctic Level:

Men or Women's Nike
Track Jacket



If you prefer to mail donations to our office, please use the address for the location nearest you

Tell me more about this good cause.

All the money raised at the 2015 Polar Plunge will support local Special Olympics athletes.  Sure, we’re all about year-round sports training and competition, that’s our mission. But there is so much more to our program.

"For many of the athletes involved in Special Olympics, this is the only time that people talk to them at all. Many people with intellectual disabilities go all day without being spoken to at all,"  shared Michael Myers, an officer with the St. Charles Police Department and the father to SOMO athlete Brooke. "Of the many things that can’t be measured in medals are the relationships that have been built with Brooke and other athletes, as well as, between our family and other families."

Get involved in your local program.  Visit our calendar for events near you.