Nearly 200 Dip For Special Olympics New Hampshire

Laconia, NH (March 8, 2020) – Winni Dip Weekend wrapped up at noon today with the final dip of the 24 Hour MEGA Winni Dip and the Community Winni Dip.

The two-day fundraising event includes four different Winni Dips. On Saturday the Margate Resort in Laconia was the scene of the 2020 Law Enforcement Winni Dip that saw more than 100 members of New Hampshire Law Enforcement brave the icy Winnipesaukee waters raising $92,786.00 for Special Olympics athletes in the Granite State.

Later Saturday, the Cool School Winni Dip brought together 65 students, staff and faculty members of 7 different schools participating in the Cool School Winni Dip and raising $24,515.00 for the year-round sports training and athletic competitions provided by Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Saturday was also the starting point for the brand new MEGA Winni Dip. These fundraising dippers committed to dipping 24 times over the course of 24 hours. Their first dip was at noon on Saturday and their weekend included the necessary “double-dipping” to account for the weekend’s time change. While the MEGA Dippers were small in number, these 7 fundraisers were big on both stamina and fundraising. Primarily members of law enforcement who also participated with their respective departments during Saturday’s Law Enforcement Winni Dip, the MEGA Dippers raised $26,120.00 for SONH programs.

The MEGA Dippers final dip at noon on Sunday coincided with this year’s Community Winni Dip which raised $11,377.00.

The theme for Dip Weekend was “Nifty Fifties” in recognition of Special Olympics New Hampshire’s 50th Anniversary in the Granite State. The average Lake Winnipesaukee water temperature over the weekend was 34 degrees, yet time and again all weekend long, these amazing fundraisers came out to participate in these critically important fundraising events. Combined, the four Winni Dip variations raised $154,798.00 for the more than 3000 athletes served by Special Olympics New Hampshire.

More information about the programs and events of Special Olympics New Hampshire can be found online at

About Special Olympics New Hampshire
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is an accredited program of Special Olympics International (SOI) and is part of an international global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world.  We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.


Contact: Mark Ericson
603-624-1250 Ext. 22