John’s Crazy Socks Sponsors the Brookhaven Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics

John’s Crazy Socks loves the Special Olympics, after all, our co-founder and inspiration, John Cronin, is a Special Olympic athlete and many of our colleagues are Special Olympics athletes or coaches. As part of that love for the Special Olympics, John’s Crazy Socks is helping sponsor the Brookhaven Polar Plunge. John will lead a team of his colleagues into the Long Island Sound and do the plunge for the Special Olympics. They will be freezing for a reason. 

Doing the Polar Plunge

“I love the Special Olympics and have been doing the Polar Plunge for eight years now,” said John Cronin. “I even made Polar Plunge Socks to celebrate the Polar Plunge and to raise money for the Special Olympics." 

John at the Polar Plunge

The Brookhaven Polar Plunge takes place on Saturday, November 20 at Cedar Beach in the Mount Sinai Section of Brookhaven Township. Registration opens at 9:30 and people will be plunging from 11 a.m. to noon. It is a fun time for a great cause. John’s Crazy Socks will have a table at the event with prizes, freebies and Polar Plunge Socks for sale. You can support the team for John’s Crazy Socks here

“The support we receive from John’s Crazy Socks means the world to us because it comes from the heart – the heart of an athlete and his dad, and the heart of what our organization represents, which is the opportunity to be a champion no matter what you set your mind to,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “John Cronin is living proof that Special Olympics New York is so much more than sports. He’s an athlete leader, a successful entrepreneur, a community advocate and a wonderful friend. We couldn’t be more proud or grateful to be a part of this milestone achievement.”

John Cronin is one of many Special Olympic athletes working at John’s Crazy socks. John plays basketball, soccer, track and field and snowshoe. We often say that without the Special Olympics, there would be no John’s Crazy Socks

Donating to the Special Olympics is at the heart of our Giving Back program. From day one, we pledged five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. We have gone on to set up special products and programs to raise money for the Special Olympics: 

  • We donate 5 percent from the sale of our Sock of the Month Club to the Special Olympics.
  • We donate 10 percent from our Polar Plunge Socks to the Special Olympics
  • We donate 10 percent from our Shark Socks to the Special Olympics. John designed the Shark Socks in honor of his team, the Commack Sharks.
  • On giving Back Tuesday, we donate $1 from every order to the Special Olympics.

John and John’s Crazy Socks have now donated over $100,000 to the Special Olympics. No other Special Olympic athlete has ever donated that much before. 

Donating to the Special Olympics

Special Olympics New York estimates that it costs $400 per athlete per sport. Worldwide, there are 4.7 million Special Olympic athletes. New York alone has over 65,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. 

We urge people to come out and support the Special Olympics. Join us at the Brookhaven Polar Plunge or at one of the many other Polar Plunges that support the Special Olympics. 

About John’s Crazy Socks 

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. They do this by offering socks people can love that allows an expression of one’s true self… and by giving back, by creating jobs for people with differing abilities and by Spreading Happiness™. 

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