This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In 2021, KC Metro Plunge had 328 plungers and raised more than $95,000! This one-of-a-kind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, funny costumes, and lasting memories for everyone!

January 29, 2022 

Smithville Lake - Little Platte Swim Beach
Rolling Plunging from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Directions: Highway 169 north to Smithville.  Travel through the city of Smithville to 180th Street and turn right.  Follow the signage to Little Platte Swim Beach (off 176th Street). 

Each Team will arrive at pre-assigned time to register and go through the plunging process.  Please make sure all your team members arrive at your assigned plunging time.  Each team will be have a Plunge Host to escort you through the Plunging process. 

If your team/individual hasn't received a plunge time, please contact Christina at ASAP.  

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Clay County Park Rangers, Kansas City PD and Lee's Summit PD are proud to host this event.


Polar Plunge is a family friendly event. Special Olympics Missouri promotes inclusion as a way of life for not only our athletes but everyone at our events. We reserve the right to ask anyone to alter/remove their costume if found offensive or harmful to those in attendance.  

At-home Plunge
If you aren't comfortable participating in-person, we understand. You can still support local Special Olympics Missouri athletes through our At-home Plunge. Register as an At-home Plunger, raise your money and plunge from home by 'plunging' into a kiddie pool, taking an ice cold shower, running through a sprinkler, or creating your own “plunge.” Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and share a video of your At-home Plunge!

You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, KC Polar Plunge, 9150 E. 41st Ter., Suite 213, Kansas City, MO 64133. Please include the names of the Plungers in the memo line of checks.

Contact Kami at with questions. 

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