Polar Plunge 2021
November 20th, 2020
NEWPORT — People who like to begin the year with the annual Polar Plunge at Easton’s Beach on New Year’s Day with thousands of other people won’t be able to do so in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The fundraiser has benefited different organizations over the decades, but for the past 16 years, it has assisted A Wish Come True, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Instead of asking people to hop into Easton’s Bay, A Wish Come True will be asking would-be plungers to instead dump a bucket of ice water on themselves in January and share a video of it on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #AWCTPolarPlunge.
The event was inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge made popular by former Boston College baseball player Peter Frates, who lost his battle with ALS in 2019.