Burlington and Cool Schools Penguin Plunge

2017 Event Report

Special Olympics Vermont is overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support we experienced at the 2017 Penguin Plunge! A record-breaking 1,269 Plungers on 108 teams took the Plunge into Lake Champlain and raised an incredible $538,487 to support Special Olympics Vermont. That's $64,000 more than we raised last year! All proceeds from the event will support sports training and competition opportunities, health screenings, and leadership training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities right here in Vermont. Thank you to our event sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our Plungers who made the 2017 Penguin Plunge a splashing success!

Burlington Top Fundraisers

Amanda Wescott $7,192
Lisa DeNatale $5,476
Jason Palmer $4,136
Ross Ellick $3,626
Karra LaPointe $3,501

Cool Schools Top Fundraisers

Bennett Townley $4,779
Kevin Plette $4,506
Peter Booth $4,100
Katie Comerford-Joyce $3,050
Tim Rich $2,361

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This is Why We Plunge

Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. Special Olympics opportunities are available to children and adults and their families at no cost. Your participation in the Penguin Plunge helps us raise critical funding that supports more than 1,500 athletes and Unified partners as they train and compete here in Vermont and on the national and world stages. A few highlights include:

  • Chris Mitchell, a Special Olympics Vermont snowboarder from Rutland competed with Unified Partner and pro snowboarder, Chloe Kim, in the 2016 X Games Aspen Unified Snowboarding Dual Slalom event.
  • Vermont hosted training camp at Killington and Castleton University for all Special Olympics USA athletes who will compete in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March, 2017.
  • Fifteen high schools around the state competed in the first Interscholastic Unified basketball league where students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same team.

Contact Us

For more information about the Penguin Plunge, please contact Sasha Fisher. For information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 Penguin Plunge, please contact Liza Reed.