Celebrate the 23rd year of Maryland’s Coolest Tradition, the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, to be held January 24-26, 2019. Those courageous enough to dive into the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay will help raise much-needed funds for Special Olympics Maryland. This is a festive charitable event held annually on the scenic shore of Sandy Point State Park.
The good work of the Polar Bear Plunge (PBP) on behalf of special athletes warms the hearts of 10,000 courageous swimmers so much that they’ll brave a swim through the frosty waves of the Chesapeake Bay. Don’t worry if you aren’t crazy enough to just dip your toes in near-freezing water. You can still root for the polar bears by cheering and donating. You can also participate in family-friendly activities inside a big heated tent on the beach.
Special Olympics History
Thanks to Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s efforts, the International Special Olympics Summer Games made its debut in Chicago at Soldier Field in July 1968. An estimated 1,000 American and Canadian special athletes competed in the first event.
Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1988, the Special Olympics World Games is held every four years. In 1993, the first World Games held outside the United States took place in the Salzburg and Schladming, Austria Winter Games.
The Special Olympics organization provides athletic training and competitions to more than five million adults and children with intellectual disabilities. There are more than 100,000 local, national, and regional competitions every year in 172 countries.
The majority of PBP’s proceeds are raised from each person who pledges $75 or more for the right to swim in the chilly Chesapeake Bay to help support more than 7,500 Maryland special athletes. The 23rd Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge schedule is below.
Cool Schools Plunge – Thursday, January 24
Police Plunge – Friday, January 25
Corporate Plunge – Friday, January 25
Polar Bear Plunge – Saturday, January 26
Pee Wee & Family Plunge – Saturday, January 26
Your Inn Near the Polar Bear Plunge
Sandy Point State Park is only a 15-minute drive away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.