Scotty McCreery joins Special Olympics North Carolina in 2021 Polar Plunge fundraiser

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Plunge in Place virtual fundraising event invites supporters to “Find Your Freeze” at home

Country music singer and North Carolina native Scotty McCreery will join Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in the Plunge in Place fundraising event, an adaption to the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser.

Traditional Polar Plunges take place across the state in lakes, pools and even the ocean to benefit SONC. This year, the Plunge in Place event encourages participants to take the Plunge however they choose: into a pool, an ice bath, the ocean, using a frigid bottle of water or running through sprinklers. Regardless of the chosen Plunge method, all funds raised will directly benefit Special Olympics athletes continuing to train and achieve sports goals in their communities.

McCreery has created “Team Scotty” to fundraise in support of SONC. He will also video himself taking the Plunge; the video will be featured during Plunge Week, February 21-26.

“I’m happy to Plunge in Place this year and show my support of the nearly 40,000 athletes who train and compete as part of Special Olympics North Carolina,” said McCreery. “They inspire me.”

Join McCreery and fellow fundraisers by registering online to begin the Plunge in Place fundraising process or donate in support of the Plunge in Place initiative. Polar Plungers must raise $50 by January 30 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt or a minimum of $100 by February 26 to qualify for additional Plunge incentives and contests. Super Plungers must raise a minimum of $100 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt, the commemorative sweatshirt and to qualify for contests and incentive prizes. 

Key Dates:

  • January 1-30:Register and fundraise a minimum of $50 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt by Plunge Week.
  • February 14-20: Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics North Carolina agencies and supporters are encouraged to share their Plunge videos this week.
  • February 21-26:This week features a number of contests; a minimum of $100 must be raised to participate in contests. Participants are asked to share Plunge in Place videos via social media using #findyourfreeze or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • February 27:SONC hosts a live, virtual Plunge in Place celebration via Zoom at 2 p.m., featuring top Plunge in Place videos and awards.

Access the Plunge in Place Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on registration, plunging and video submissions or support Plunge in Place as a sponsor

About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.

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