Penguins plunge for Special Olympics

Shelton High School students and staff took the “plunge” along with athletes, parents and friends of the Shelton Special Olympics Team at Compo Beach in Westport on March 9.

This year the annual SOCT Penguin Plunge had 387 “penguins” who jumped into the cold water of Long Island Sound and raised over $115,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Shelton Special Olympics program has over 60 athletes who compete in Unified Bowling, Alpine skiing, Aquatics, Track and Field and Unified Soccer. They also have a dedicated group of close to 100 volunteers who assist the team as coaches, unified partners, chaperones and hometown escorts.

For more information about Special Olympics Connecticut visit the website at