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Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Leadbetter Beach

Fun & wacky fundraising tradition Saturday

Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Leadbetter Beach


Hundreds of people took a dip in the chilly Pacific waters to benefit the Special Olympics Saturday.

Local Firefighters, Police Officers, Deputies, and other agencies raise money every year to help fund the Special Olympics Santa Barbara programs in the community.

The Santa Barbara Police Department raised over $1,800, and the District Attorney's Office raised over $1,600.

"Very proud to be part of a community that supports Special Olympics," said Joyce Dudley, District Attorney for Santa Barbara County. "We all know that fantastic feeling when we are challenged with something and make it to the other side. These extraordinary athletes do that every day, and it's our honor to be part of that extraordinary achievement."

The Polar Plunge event has raised over $18,000 and is nearing their goal of $27,000.

If you would like to donate, you can visit their website here.


A popular and wet fundraising tradition for the Special Olympics happens Saturday morning in Santa Barbara and 'Freezin' for a reason!' is the theme.

It is the Polar Plunge, a wacky and fun event at Leadbetter Beach.

Hundreds of people show up each year for this event, often in teams, running and dancing their way into the chilly ocean water which is forecasted to be a cool 56 degrees. 

Members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office are top fundraisers for this event. 

Those preferring to stay warm and dry can watch from the Chicken Coop -- as in, too chicken to take the plunge!

Check-in and breakfast start at 10:00 a.m. at the reserved picnic area on Shoreline Drive. The plunge happens at 11:30 a.m.

The registration fee is 50 dollars and goes to a great cause.

For more information about the Polar Plunge at Leadbetter Beach, click the link below: 


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