Make a Wave for Special Olympics Hawaii’s 3rd Annual Paradise Plunge Fundraiser |


Registration is now open, inviting participants to show their support in a safe, socially distanced experience while raising funds for local athletes with intellectual disabilities

Special Olympics Hawaii invites fans to “screw up” the day with the return of their 3rd annual Paradise Plunge fundraiser. After waves of success over the past two years, the fundraiser is back in 2022 with all participants invited to share a video or photo of themselves doing any kind of water activity – like surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling or diving into a swimming pool. Registration for this year’s Paradise Plunge is now open at For more information, please visit

“We continue to be amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication of our supporters who always rise to the challenge of helping us raise funds for our athletes,” said Tracey Bender, director of development for Special Olympics Hawaii. “It is because of their unwavering support that we are able to continue to offer programs to our athletes at no cost.”

New to this year’s Paradise Plunge fundraiser is the opportunity to be invited to an exclusive diving party on a 50-foot catamaran hosted by Oahu Boat Cruises. Divers who raise $1,500 or more will set sail for a two-hour cruise filled with diving, swimming and snorkeling. Special Olympics Hawaii staff will film the dives. As space is limited, interested participants are encouraged to register today.

The Paradise Plunge is open to individuals, families, and student groups, as well as anyone else who wants to take the plunge to support Special Olympics Hawaii athletes. All divers are asked to raise a minimum donation of $100 to receive a Paradise Plunge event shirt. There is also a reduced fundraising goal of $50 for students of all ages, elementary through college. There are additional mahalo gifts for divers who raise $250, $500, $1,000 or more. Sign up as a Passionate Plunger and raise $500, or as a Super Plunger and raise $1,000.

Participants can take the leap by planning a day to “sea” their favorite beach or snorkel, boat, surf or even take a dip in the pool if they prefer. Divers are invited to send photos or a 60 second horizontal video clip of themselves performing their ‘Paradise Plunge’ via at [email protected] The deadline for submission is Sunday, April 24.

Once the event is over, Special Olympics Hawaii will release a 2022 Paradise Plunge compilation video on Friday, April 29 that attendees are “down” to enjoy and can share with donors and supporters.

Polar dives typically take place in the northeast and midwest states, where participants jump into frozen lakes or ponds to help raise money for local nonprofits. Since 2010, the annual Special Olympics Hawaii Polar Plunge has raised $604,900 for Special Olympics Hawaii health and sports programs.

Special Olympics Hawaii would like to thank its statewide partners whose support is essential in making sport, inclusion, and health opportunities for people with developmental disabilities a reality throughout the year.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help Special Olympics Hawaii continue to provide free year-round athletic training and competition, as well as health, wellness and leadership programs to more than 3,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities statewide. Since 1968, Special Olympics has changed attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities and raised awareness to build an inclusive and unified community.

For more information on Special Olympics, please visit You can also follow Special Olympics Hawaii on Twitter, Facebook at on Instagram at

About Special Olympics Hawaii Special Olympics is a global movement for inclusion that uses sport, health, education and leadership programs around the world every day to end discrimination against people with disabilities minds and empower them. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics Hawaii has grown to serve more than 5,196 athletes and unified partners on every island in our state. With the support of more than 10,800 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics offers 10 Olympic-style sports and more than 50 games and competitions

Photo credit: Special Olympics Hawaii

Photo credit: Special Olympics Hawaii


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