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July 19, 2017 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Legacy Of Hope

By Connie Grandmason

Officer Tracy Grady first got involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run with her fellow officers.View Story Officer Tracy Grady first got involved with Special Olympics through the LawEnforcement Torch Run with her fellow officers. Before long she was attendingevents, volunteering, and raising funds for the organization. But she wanted todo more.Tracy decided to include Special Olympics in her will. “I want my estate to contributeto the welfare of improving people’s lives so that they can experience the joy ofreceiving a medal, the camaraderie of team sports, and get needed health care.If I achieve that, then I have left an indelible mark on society.”Like Tracy, you too can make a powerful, lasting impact on future athletes in yourProgram or around the world. There are a variety of options that are easy to arrangeand cost nothing during your lifetime. Contact Special Olympics today to learn howyou can include us in your estate plan and leave a legacy of acceptance, inclusion andempowerment for years to come. 

About Connie Grandmason:I am Director, Bequests and Estate Gifts for the Special Olympics movement.
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July 17, 2017 | SOI: Region North America

Brothers in Blue

By Terri Sappington

Jimmy (left) and Jason Johnson

It was at an early age that both Alaska Torch Run Director Jimmy Johnson and Montana Torch Run Director Jason Johnson knew they wanted to be in law enforcement.View Story It was at an early age that both Alaska Torch Run Director Jimmy Johnson and Montana Torch Run Director Jason Johnson knew they wanted to be in law enforcement. For many families, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is a family event, even one passed on through generations within a law enforcement home. Jason and Jimmy represent a unique occurrence that the LETR community has yet to see. Brothers, both in the position of Director in two separate programs within the same region; a very special first for the LETR community and one that Region VIII, especially Montana and Alaska, are excited to have.Jason and Jimmy grew up in a loving family of 6 siblings in Missoula, MT. Jason started a career in construction, but after his daughter was born, decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He started with the Reserve Unit in Missoula in 1997, becoming a full-time police officer in 1998. Jason has served with the Conrad, MT Police Department, the Ravalli County (MT) Sheriff’s Department, and finally the Missoula County (MT) Sheriff’s Department. Jimmy became a U.S. Marshal in 2003. After spending time in Utah and with the Regional Fugitive Task Force in Wisconsin, Jimmy moved to Alaska in 2008 where he currently serves as a Senior Inspector.Both Jason and Jimmy have volunteered early on in their careers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. They have served in many roles including Final Leg (FL) Runners, FL Team Leaders, FL Planning Committee, Event Organizers, Special Olympics Board of Directors in their home states. Now, both serve as Torch Run Directors within Region VIII. Since 2016, Jason has served as the Montana Torch Run Director, immediately taking it from a $520,000 program to well over $610,000. Jimmy stepped up as the Alaska Torch Run Director in 2017, one he is fortunate to inherit as the #1 LETR fundraising program per capita in the world. 

About Terri Sappington:I am a volunteer with the Law Enforcement Torch Run
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July 17, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Netherlands

Fanning the Flame of Hope across Europe

By Fiona Hynes

Delegates at the Law Enforcement Torch Run-Special Olympics Europe Eurasia conference which was held in Amsterdam, Holland in July 2017.

Growing the Torch Run across Europe was the big focus at a recent Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run gathering.View Story Growing the Torch Run across Europe was the big focus at a recent Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) gathering. The two-day workshop in Amsterdam, Holland, featured delegates from 12 Europe Eurasia programmes, along with law enforcement members from across the region. It was funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme & supported by Special Olympics Netherlands. During the workshop, attendees delivered updates on LETR activity in their own countries as well as viewing recent best practice examples, including the Torch Run from the World Winter Games in Austria. This event was cited having given a new lease of life to LETR & Special Olympics partnership in Austria. The organisers of the workshop were very happy with the outcomes. "The relationship between LETR and Special Olympics Europe Eurasia is strong. This workshop proved we have great people dedicated to the cause throughout Europe and ready to help the athletes achieve their dreams,' said Gary Gordon, LETR Regional Coordinator.

About Fiona Hynes :I am the Senior Manager for Communications for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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August 05, 2017

Hell in the Harbour

Hell in the Harbour features a 6km obstacle course race spanning Hamilton’s beautiful waterfront and features over 17 obstacles that will challenge all fitness levels! The event is in support of Special Olympics Ontario through the Law Enforcement Torch Run and is helping to raise awareness and much needed funds for Special Olympic athletes.
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August 18, 2017

LETR SODA Classic

Being brought back by popular demand...SODA Classic Golf outing! Join us by being a player or sponsor. 4 person scramble, $75 per person includes 18 holes, cart, lunch and dinner. Raffles, auction and fun hole contests. Contact Heather Fox for sponsor levels and to register to golf.
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Aug 21 - 25 2017

3rd Annual LETRide Superior

An epic ride around Lake Superior in support of Special Olympics. Starts Aug. 21, 2017 and ends Aug. 25, 2017 in Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada.
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August 26, 2017

8th Annual 3D Archery Shoot

Join us for the 8th Annual Saginaw Field & Stream 3D Archery Shoot. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. We are seeking auction items. If interested in donating, contact Mark Uribe at uribema84@gmail.com.
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September 02, 2017

14th Annual Marshall Run

This is a 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run in memory of our fallen comrade, Tpr Kevin M Marshall. The run takes place at Riverfront Park with registration taking place from 8-8:45 am. There are several age groups. Awards for top 3 finishers in each age group. T-shirts for all participants. Overall male and female awards. Overall Masters male and female (40 and over). Overall Police Officers male and female awards.
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September 09, 2017

Cops on Doughnut Shops

15th Annual Cops on Doughnut Shops hosted by Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shops in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Law Enforcement agencies across Oklahoma participate in an old fashioned stake-out at the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Shops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa every year. The event raises some serious dough for Special Olympics Oklahoma. Many law enforcement agencies from across the state are represented, and the Torch Run volunteers accept donations, greet customers and thank community members for their support.
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Sep 15 - 16 2017

World Largest Truck Convoy

An army of truckers and law enforcement officers will escort the World’s Largest Truck Convoy to help raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. All funds raised from the event will benefit Nebraska Special Olympics Athletes.
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September 16, 2017

World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics

The Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support for Special Olympics. The Ontario Truck Convoy began in Paris in 2005 and has been going strong ever since! In 2016, a 2nd Convoy was formed in the GTA. This Ontario Truck Convoy has raised over $600,000 for the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics since 2005.
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September 16, 2017

World's Largest Truck Convoy - Montana

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is a national one-day celebration of the trucking industry, its partners and law enforcement all working together to raise funds for Special Olympics.
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September 30, 2017

United Airlines Plane Pull

Get 20 people together to start a team, fundraise for Special Olympics New Jersey, then try to pull a United Airlines Boeing 737. Competitions are scheduled continuously throughout the day. Held in combination with Newark Airport Family Day where spectators get to enjoy the fun, food and activities for free. Sponsored by the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run, Port Authority of NY and NJ, and United Airlines.
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October 14, 2017

Special Olympics Korea Mini Marathon

You can follow us through Weibo and Wechat @国际特奥会 to get more information.
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October 15, 2017

Guardians Half Marathon & 5KM

he OLETR (Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run) in co-operation with Special Olympics Ontario is hosting a half marathon from GHQ in Orillia for Law Enforcement and ALL Runners to raise awareness along with money for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario. The event also offers a 5k route for Friends, Family and Athletes.
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October 21, 2017

Tip-a-Cop Red Robin - Montana

Local Law Enforcement Officers volunteer as “Celebrity Servers” in efforts to earn “tips” for Special Olympics Montana Athletes. All “tip” proceeds are donated directly to local and state-wide Special Olympics Montana Programs.
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Jul 17 - 22 2018

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary

The spark that became today's Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Ill., USA. Five decades later, we are returning to Chicago to launch the year-long Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here's what we have planned so far: From 17 to 21 July, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Football Cup competition will team people with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world. A total of 24 teams -- from every region of the world -- will take part. These include 16 men's teams and eight women's teams. On 20 July, The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run Commemorative Run will include Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from Illinois and elsewhere. On 22 July, in Chicago and around the world, a day for everyone to celebrate the history of Special Olympics and its bright future. Athletes from the first 1968 Games will be joined by today's athletes to tell their stories of empowerment. Members of the public, Special Olympics families and others come together on the playing field for Unified Sports experiences. Change the Game Day will be a global festival of togetherness and sharing for all. Join us as we play together, learn from each other, and chart an inspiring course for the future!
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Mar 14 - 21 2019

2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.
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