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The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.



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December 02, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Participants Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics Louisiana

By Casey Minton

Participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower.View Story On December 2, 65 participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower, ride in a helicopter, and SWAT train with Louisiana's finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Training Facility! Companies, schools, clubs, and other organizations raised funds to send their family and friends Over the Edge through company matching, sponsorship opportunities, and much more. Each participant raised a minimum of $1,000 in order to rappel from the tower, and those who simply wanted to contribute were able to make general donations. A special thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated!

About Casey Minton:Director of Communications and Marketing
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October 07, 2016 | Latin America: Costa Rica

Latin America will participate in Austria 2017’s Final Leg

By Leilani Gonzalez

Ariel Ary, athlete from Special Olympics Costa Rica, will represent Latin America in Austria's Law Enforcement Torch Run

Ariel will carry the "Flame of Hope" in Austria's Law Enforcement Torch RunView Story "When I was born doctors made a grim recommendation to my parents. To let me die. According to these doctors, it did not make any sense to prolong my life". Ariel Ary starts some of his motivational speeches with this line, showing that not only he lived many years, but he has been able to achieve his dreams. Ariel is an Athlete Leader of Special Olympics, speaks four languages, is a dedicated tennis player, an international speaker, and currently works in the multinational company IBM-Costa Rica.In addition to these achievements, Ariel was selected along with nine other athletes from around the world to carry the "Flame of Hope" representing Latin America, in the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Final Leg. This race is traditionally performed before events and Special Olympics Games, in this case the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria 2017. "Guardians of the Flame of Hope" -- Law Enforcement and Special Olympics athletes-- run at least 5K a day, in groups of 11, for 12 days prior to the World Games.Support Ariel and Special Olympics Costa Rica with your donation through this link. 

About Leilani Gonzalez:Marketing and Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Latin America
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October 07, 2016 | SOI: Region Latin America

Law Enforcement raised $55 million for Special Olympics

By Leilani Gonzalez

"Guardians of the Flame of Hope" ran 5K during the Conference. See more photos. 

Law Enforcement gathered to celebrate their support to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement.View Story Like every year, U.S. Law Enforcement and others around the world gathered to celebrate their support to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is more than a race; it is an activity in which security agents, athletes, and Special Olympics members, work together and organize different events in order to create awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. One of the most celebrated achievements was the collection, during 2015, of more than 55 million dollars, to continue promoting inclusion and improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics’ mission.The conference, considered as a family reunion, was held in Phoenix, Arizona from September 15 through the 17th. Almost 1,000 Law Enforcement agents participated, along with Special Olympics’ Global CEO, Mary Davis, Special Olympics members, VIPs, sponsors like Coca-Cola and ESPN, as well as motivational speakers. One of the speakers was Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Chief of Inspiration, and motivational speakers Jason Schechterle and Jessica Cox. They touched the hearts of the audience and left a clear message: “nothing is impossible for those who have a clear mission and work to achieve it with passion and dedication."

About Leilani Gonzalez:Marketing and Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Latin America
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Torch Run Events


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Event

Location

January 14, 2017

Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge - Wildwood

The Polar Plunge is SO much more than just an icy dip in the Atlantic! Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. All these programs and services are always completely FREE thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Plunge.
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Email:pbpinfo@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk

Wildwood, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

February 04, 2017

Polar Plunge - Haysville

The Haysville Polar Plunge will be held at Riggs Park (behind Haysville Middle School) on February 4. Registration opens at 9:00am, Silent Auction & Polar Strut begins at 10:00. Plunge begins at noon. For more information, please use the contact below.
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Mitch Guthrie
Email:guthriem@ksso.org
Phone:316-734-2233
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Riggs Park - behind Haysville Middle School
Haysville, Kansas
UNITED STATES

February 18, 2017

Polar Plunge Gonzales

Join us at the 2017 Polar Plunges - The official event of Winter! Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge their hearts out for the thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! So get a thrill from the chill and join us February 18, 2017 in Gonzales!
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Cabela's
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy

Gonzales, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

February 18, 2017

Polar Plunge

Join us at the 2017 Polar Plunges - The official event of Winter! Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge their hearts out for the thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! So get a thrill from the chill and join us February 18, 2017 in Gonzales!
For more information
Morgan Stock
Email:mstock@laso.org
Phone:985-345-6644
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Cabela's
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy

Gonzales, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2017

Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge - Seaside

Come take an icy dip into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter to benefit more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Join us in Seaside Heights on February 25, 2017 and help us make this plunge the biggest, coldest and boldest one yet! Afraid to plunge alone? Grab some friends and start a team to share in the fun. We hope to see you there!
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Phone:609-896-8000
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63 Grant Ave.

Seaside Heights, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2017

Polar Plunge - Garden City

The Garden City Polar Plunge will be held at the Garden City Municipal Pool, 504 East Maple, Garden City on February 25. Registration and tailgate Party starts at 9:00am, 5K and 1 mile Strut starts at 10:00am. Plunge begins at noon. For more information, please use the contact below.
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Luke Schulte
Email:schultel@ksso.org
Phone:620-408-4450
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Garden City Municipal Pool
504 East Maple

Garden City, Kansas
UNITED STATES

Mar 3 - 5 2017

The NY Football Giants Snow Bowl

The NY Football Giants Snow Bowl is an official 6-on-6 flag football tournament with light blocking, played over three days. Teams are allowed up to 15 players; all must be 18 years of age or older to participate. All proceeds collected by the flag football teams benefit Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and help foster the Special Olympics mission.
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Diane Paraskevas
Email:dp@sonj.org
Phone:(609) 896-8000 x261
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MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

March 11, 2017

Polar Plunge Shreveport

The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers, attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include the Costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.
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East Ridge Country Club
Shreveport, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

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