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Polar Bear Day - Celebrate the 51st annual 'Swim for Sight'!!!

Sun, March 1, 202010:00 AM - 4:00 PM


There are none more dedicated to fundraising for worthy causes than polar bear swimmers! 

And there are no polar bear swimmers more dedicated than those that head to Olcott Beach, NY to plunge into the icy waters of Lake Ontario to raise money for the blind and visually impaired.

Plus there are rewards for braving the cold:

  • A Swim for Sight T shirt if you raise $25
  • A Swim for Sight T shirt and Sweatshirt if you raise $100
  • A Swim for Sight T shirt, Sweatshirt and Jacket if you raise $300 or more.

Sponsored by the Olcott Lions Club, the Swim for Sight has been one of the region's most popular winter events for the last 51 years.

Costumed and warm hearted, the hardiest polar bear swimmers in America parade down Main Street and traverse the path to the frozen shore, sponsored and cheered on every step of the way by family, friends and co-workers. 

As the swimmers brave the elements, thousands of spectators gather on the snow covered terraces of Krull Park, surround the shoreline and encourage their favorite swimmers to frolic in the frigid water.

Swimmers and spectators come together to spend a day enjoying a Great Lakes winter day while helping those in need. 

Sponsorship makes it all possible - and that can be done lakeside, or from the comfort of home.

Consider sponsoring a swimmer, or making a general donation to support the brave souls that are #FreezinForAReason!

 Registration Options:

  • In person on the day of the swim
  • Via the "Fundraiser" button on our FirstGiving Fundraising page  (also accepts donations from non-swimmers!)
  • Follow instructions from our Facebook page!


The Reasons:  Contributions support the following Lions Sight Projects:

  • Lions Blind and Charity Fund
  • Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind
  • Diabetes Treatment and Research
  • Vision Beyond Sight
  • Lions Disaster Relief Fund
  • Rainbow of Help
  • Children’s Variety Television
  • Children’s Summer Reading Program
  • Equi-Star Therapeutic Riding
  • Niagara Frontier Reading Service
  • Niagara Hospice
  • Local Food and Soup Kitchens
  • Olcott Beach Carousel Park and Community projects
  • Olcott Lions Scholarship Fund
  • Olcott Volunteer Fire Company