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Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run partners with our communities to support Special Olympics programs through raising funds and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes.
The 2013 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games is right around the corner. June 28 - 30, 2013. Be a Part of it!
The 2013 Torch Run Route - View Schedule
Summer Games Torch Run Relay Agency Contacts - Vew List
Escort the Torch on its way to Summer Games - Learn How
Find out LETR's Involvement at Summer Games - LETR Fact Sheet
Pick your volunteer opportunities - Volunteer Interest Form
Visit our Summer Games Page - Summer Games
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NATIONWIDE RED ROBIN TIP-A-COPS - OCTOBER 12, 2013!
Check out our LETR and other fundraising events!
The History of the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with their communities and Special Olympics, by running the torch in intrastate relays that converge at their local Summer Games.
Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 35 foreign countries participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, generating more than $34 million a year for Special Olympics Programs around the world. Since its inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $100,000,000 worldwide. It is the largest grass roots fundraising program and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics.
More than 3,000 law enforcement personnel from Federal, Military, State, County and Local agencies participate in the Torch Run campaign. Funds are raised year-round through a variety of activities, such as; Tip‐A‐Cops, Building Sits (Badges with Buckets), Polar Plunges, T‐Shirt Sales and many more. Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch - the Flame of Hope® through counties all over Northern California, culminating at the Opening Ceremonies of the state Summer Games. As one of the state’s largest grassroots fundraising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run®has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics.
For more information about getting your agency involved, please contact Jeff Henson, VP of Development at email@example.com or 925-944-8801 x 204.