The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Pennsylvania unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in a year-round effort to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics movement. The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, coordinating third party events, and hosting unique fundraising events such the Polar Plunge, Beaver Stadium Run, Tip-A-Cop and other fundraising events.
The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run has the support of multiple Local Municipal Police Departments, the Office of the Attorney General, PA Chiefs of Police Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the PA Department of Corrections, the PA Sheriffs Association, the Pennsylvania State Police, the PA National Guard Counterdrug Program, and the Constables Association.
Read the Latest Issue of The Guardian: The Newsletter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council:
Opening Ceremonies: Escort the Flame of Hope into Opening Ceremonies, with a Special Olympics PA athlete, to light the Caldron prior to the start of competition. This volunteer role will take approximately an hour.
Award Ceremonies: Probably one of the most enjoyable roles…handing medals out to the athletes during the awards ceremony!
How Can Individuals/Groups Request LETR Volunteer Support?
To ensure we are being respectful of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee and Volunteers’ time, requests for support will be sent quarterly. Requests for the year may be submitted all at once. Complete our Request Form.
Forms returned incomplete will be returned. If you are unable to answer a question, please give an explanation.
Please note that many of the Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers are current and active members of law enforcement. As a result, officers are subject to unexpected schedule changes or emergencies, which may interfere with plans to support your event. In this case, we will do our best to secure a replacement volunteer, but cannot guarantee one. Please always have a Special Olympics PA volunteer available to step-in if possible.
The History of LETR
The Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraising program benefiting Special Olympics, began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness.
The idea for the Torch Run was to provide local law enforcement officers with an opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where the officers lived and worked. After three years of successful runs in Kansas, Chief LaMunyon presented his idea to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which endorsed Special Olympics as its official charity through the Torch Run. Today, all 50 states and over 40 countries have their own versions of the Torch Run.
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