Freeze Your Paws for a Cause

Freeze Your Paws for a Cause


7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Tempe adapted recreation programs returns Saturday, Jan. 13

Community members and thrill-seekers will once again participate in a desert-style, unified polar plunge benefiting Tempe’s adapted recreation programs and special needs community. The 7th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 in the community swimming pool at The Lakes of Tempe, 5501 S. Lakeshore Dr.


Brave Polar Bears are invited to plunge into the cool swimming pool. Those wishing to stay dry can participate as Teddy Bears. The entry fee is $20 for either Bear and includes a cool long-sleeve t-shirt, hot beverages, yummy snacks and the warm fuzzies that come from giving back. Registration is available online at or on-site the morning of the plunge.


Since the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge in 2012, Team Asa has raised more than $40,000 to help ensure members of our special needs community have the financial resources to participate in recreational and social activities that foster a sense of self, a sense of team, and an extended family. Programs include the Tempe High and Tempe Elementary School District adapted classes and programs, Tempe Special Olympics, The Centers for Habilitation, The Arc of Tempe, City of Tempe’s Buddy Bowling, Camp Challenge, Fabulous Friday Night Dances, movie and game nights and much more!


The inaugural plunge in 2012 saw 79 Polar Bears jump into the cool swimming pool to earn their bragging rights, while more than 100 Teddy Bears cheered from the sidelines. Together, all bears raised $4,255 for Tempe Special Olympics.


The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge fell on the coldest Arizona morning in 20-plus years, the actual temperature reading at the time of the plunge was 26 degrees. Not even freezing temperatures (literally) could keep the bears away. More than 85 Polar Bears plunged into the icy swimming pool and raised $5,850 for Tempe’s adapted recreation programs.


In 2014, nearly 150 Polar Bears took the plunge not only locally in Tempe, but our Freedom Bears serving in Operation Enduring Freedom plunged in Afghanistan. The effort raised nearly $7,800 for Tempe’s adapted recreation programs.


 Be part of the coolest fundraising event in the desert and freeze your paws for an amazing cause. To find out more and to register, visit To see the amazing people and programs that have benefitted from the Polar Bear Plunge at The Lakes, visit www.Team BRRRRingIt! 


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