Penguin Plunge

The Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics is one of the original New Year’s Day Plunges in Rhode Island and has been a tradition for many of our plungers that is shared from generation to generation.  The Plunge was started in 1977 as the “Jamestown Penguin Plunge”.  As the event grew, we made the tough decision to move out of Jamestown and we found a new home at Roger Wheeler State Beach in 2012.

It’s the largest and oldest grassroots fundraiser, where all participants raise fund to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters at Roger Wheeler State Beach.  Over the past 41 years, this event has raised over $3.5 million.

Participation in this event provides funding to support over 3,500 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Rhode Island’s year-round training and competition in 21 sports.

The 2018 Penguin Plunge has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 21st at Roger Wheeler State Beach.



For more information regarding the Annual Penguin Plunge, please contact Tracy Garabedian.

Penguin Plunge 2017 Special Olympics RI