The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows bigger and better.



Torch Run Stories and News


July 14, 2016 | North America: New York

Special Olympics New York Athlete Designs SI Yankees Jerseys

By Kaitlin Brennan

SONY athlete Rodney Hankins with SI Yankees players

This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. "I never imagined that this would ever happen to me..."View Story This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. On Sunday, July 10th, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark served as the finish line for the 1st Annual Staten Island leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics New York. During the Staten Island Yankees game following the Torch Run, the team wore special jerseys designed by SONY athlete Rodney Hankins. "This has been a dream come true. I never imagined that this would ever happen to me and I'm still in shock," said Rodney, 55. He has competed with Special Olympics New York for over 20 years and has served as a Global Messenger. The game-worn jerseys were auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics New York.

About Kaitlin Brennan:Kaitlin Brennan is the Associate Director of Development for SONY, New York City region.
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June 23, 2016 | North America: Kansas

Thank you to my friend!

By Luke Schulte

I often run into people who don't understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal. One boy does.View Story As I tour Kansas for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I often run into people and the general public who don't quite understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal.But as one parent told me, it meant the world to her little boy, who is also a Special Olympics Kansas athlete.They were standing on the corner waiting for the officers to carry the "Flame of Hope" through their community. The little boy could see the police cars coming, lights flashing. He anxiously waited on the corner, waiting to see the torch and torch runner. Once he caught a glimpse, he smiled and waved to the officer. "There's my friend!" he exclaimed. When the mom asked if he knew who that was, his answer was simple. "No, but he has a badge and a torch, so he is my friend!"His mother relayed this along to me to share with all the officers in Kansas carrying the torch, thanking them for being a friend to her son, whether they know him or not!

About Luke Schulte:I'm VP of Development and Liaison for the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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May 23, 2016 | North America: Maryland

Special Olympics Maryland's own Toni Duncan selected to 2017 LETR Final Leg

By Jason Schriml

United States Probation officer Toni Duncan

United States Probation Officer Toni Duncan will run the Final Leg for the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria.View Story Recently 19 year veteran of the United States Probation Officer Toni Duncan was honored by being one of two Maryland LETR representatives selected to run the Final Leg for the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria. Special Olympics Maryland athlete Adam Hays, himself a 2011 LETR Final Leg runner in Greece, caught up with Toni Duncan to ask her a few questions. Here is a sampling of the questions Adam asked. When and how did you become involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics? I became involved while at the Federal gym running on the treadmill and an ATF Agent Kevin McCann asked me if I wanted to buy a t shirt. Somehow a few months later (former MD LETR Director) John Newnan took me out to lunch with a Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) staff and asked me if I wanted to be the Federal Coordinator for SOMD. That was probably 15 years ago. When do you start your adventure and how long will you be there for? We leave for Bregenz, Austria on Tuesday 3/7. We will begin carrying the Flame of Hope on Thursday 3/9 and run daily until 3/18. Later in the evening of 3/18 the opening ceremonies begin. We plunge on 3/19 (in 8 or 9 degree weather!) We will return home on 3/20.

About Jason Schriml:VP Communications and Branding
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Torch Run Events


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Event

Location

August 08, 2016

Torch Run Golf Tournament

The Torch Run Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island will be held on Monday, August 8th at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth, MA. Texas Scramble Format. Registration begins at 6:30am. Continental Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am. Shotgun Start 8:00am. Cocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres to follow Golf. Dinner immediately following. $110 per player. To sign up, please contact Tracy Garabedian at the SORI office: (401) 349-4900.
For more information
Tracy Garabedian
Email:tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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Crestwood Country Club
90 Wheeler Street

Rehoboth, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

August 20, 2016

3D Archery Shoot

The 7th Annual Saginaw Field and Stream 3D Archery Shoot is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefiting Special Olympics Michigan. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be auction items to bid on and LETR sale t-shirts and raffle tickets.
For more information
Mark Uribe
Email:uribem@michigan.gov
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7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
1296 Gleaner Rd

Saginaw, Michigan
UNITED STATES

September 24, 2016

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 throughout the day. This event is held in combination with 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 & NJ, and United Airlines. Start your team today at www.njplanepull.org
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Sue Parsons
Email:planepull@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Newark Liberty International Aiport
Newark, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

September 26, 2016

New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic

The Law Enforcement Golf Classic is dedicated to the memory of the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. With a field of 144 golfers from all areas of business, the LE Golf Classic is the perfect way to highlight your organization as an event sponsor, as well as a supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey.
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Jason Schubert
Email:letr@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Jumping Brook Country Club
210 Jumping Brook Road

Neptune, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

October 22, 2016

Dodgetoberfest

Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge some more for a cause? The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is hosting the 3rd Annual Dodgetoberfest, a 6-on-6 dodgeball tournament to benefit more than 25,000 athletes throughout the state. Register as a Competitive, Recreational, Co-ed, or Law Enforcement team and see if you have what it takes to be a Dodgetoberfest Champion!
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Ed Dean
Email:end@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Robbinsville Fieldhouse
153 West Manor Way

Robbinsville, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

November 18, 2016

Special Olympics New Jersey Awards Dinner

The annual Special Olympics New Jersey Awards Dinner is a night where we celebrate the athletes, coaches, volunteers, law enforcement and corporate partners, who, together, make our organization a success.
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Kathy Brown
Email:KCB@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Westin-Princeton, Forrestal Village
201 Village Blvd.

Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

December 02, 2016

Philadelphia Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping or running into icy cold waters. Plunge participants take a quick dip in a river or pool to raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year there are nine Plunges statewide to choose from. Jumping into icy cold water really not your thing? You can still participate and show your support by making a pledge to a braver soul. Join us and be "Freezin' for a Reason" – Take the Plunge!
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Kristin Craven
Email:kcraven@specialolympicspa.org
Phone:610-630-9450 x252
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Drexel University, Fitness Plaza
3301 Market Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

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