Freezin’ For A Reason – The 10th Annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

Pam Pollock
April 2020

It was a different view at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 29th.  There were no footballs being tossed by uniformed Steelers, but I did spy several Polar Bears in the crowd!

Thousands of Plungers, tailgaters and spectators braved the cold weather (temperature was in the 20s with a Real Feel of 9º) in support of the 10th Annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, which is presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics PA.  This popular event raises funds for local PA Special Olympics athletes.  Almost 1,500 brave souls took the “plunge” into swimming pools, which were donated by Pool City.  An elite group of people raised a minimum of $2,500 each to do The Super Plunge and committed to plunging into a cold pool of water, twenty-four times, over the course of a 12 hour period.

Tri-State Trailer Sales had their Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania in the parking lot of Heinz Field and also gave out free Bruster’s ice cream to attendees.

The 2020 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, held on Leap Day, shattered their goal and raised $570,800!  The Pittsburgh Police Polar Plunge Team raised the most money - $132,610 and Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert was the top individual fundraiser with $87,621.

It truly was a wonderful experience to see Special Olympics athletes, law enforecment personnel, students and community members all come together for this amazing event.  

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