Come celebrate the 26th year of Maryland’s coolest tradition, the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, that runs from January 28 to February 5, 2022. If you have the guts to take the plunge into the 30-degree waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you can help raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. This heart-warming event is held every year at Sandy Point State Park.
One of region’s most beloved events, the Polar Bear Plunge somehow convinces up to 10,000 regular folk to muster their courage and dive into the chilly Chesapeake Bay for a wonderful cause. However, there is no shame in being a cheerleader during the event. You can still show your support for the polar bears from the sand.
Inspired by Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s advocacy, the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago in July 1968 with approximately 1,000 athletes from the USA and Canada.
Now the world’s largest sports organization for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics provides training and holds competitions every day of the year with more than five million athletes participating from 172 nations.
Local, national, and regional competitions number greater than 100,000 events annually. Sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the Special Olympics World Games is held every four years.
The Polar Bear Plunge raises funds from each individual pledging $75 or more for the privilege of supporting more than 7,500 special athletes from Maryland with a dip in the invigorating waters off of Sandy Point State Park. Below is the Plunge Schedule for the 26th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.
- Super Plunge – Friday, January 28 to Saturday, January 29
- Cool Schools Plunge – Thursday, February 3
- Police Plunge – Friday, February 4
- Corporate Plunge – Friday, February 4
- Maryland Plunge – Saturday, February 5
Stop by Red Hot & Blue Annapolis before or after taking a dive by enjoying a hot meal!
Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights
Founded in 1988, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbecue, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts.
The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. Bring your friends and family to our warm and friendly Annapolis location today!