Special Olympics Virginia LE Torch Run
The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of a worldwide series of relay runs by law enforcement officers to increase public awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Flame of Hope is carried more than 1,900 miles across the Commonwealth to Richmond each year in June to open the Summer Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, raising over $1.3 million annually in Virginia and over $55 million worldwide. At its most basic level, the Torch Run involves officers and athletes carrying the “Flame of Hope” to the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics competitions and to extend the message of Special Olympics even further into their communities, teaching the lessons of acceptance and inclusion.
Presented by Hardee’s, SunTrust, Publix and Wawa and supported by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia Association of Regional Jails, and the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, this bond extends the boundaries of a department and unites officers in the region, throughout the Commonwealth and around the world.
For additional information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit their website at www.torchrunva.com.
Special Olympics Virginia, the state chapter of Special Olympics Inc., provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Commonwealth. The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support. Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. There is no cost to the athlete or their family to participate in Special Olympics Virginia due to fundraising efforts such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For more information please call (800) 932-GOLD or go to www.specialolympicsva.org.