Officers to bike for Special Olympics

Local law enforcement officials will run and bike through Sheboygan, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, and Elkhart Lake June 4 en route to the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) State Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Stevens Point in an effort to increase awareness and raise funds for SOWI.

Local Torch Runs will take place in more than more than 45 communities and all participants will converge at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Thursday, June 4 for the SOWI State Summer Games Opening Ceremony where, for the 29th year, they will run the Final Leg together carrying the torch ignited with the Flame of HopeTM to light the caldron and kick off the Games. The Opening Ceremony will celebrate the nearly 1,200 athletes who will compete in soccer, athletics, aquatics and power lifting at the Games.

Participants include individuals from the Sheboygan Police Department, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Kohler Police Department, Sheboygan Falls Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Elkhart Lake Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol. Officers are recruiting all members of police departments, sheriff’s offices, the State Patrol, federal agencies, DNR, military members, county attorneys, corrections, probation and parole officers and their families to join the movement.

Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to increase awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. In 2013, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised more than $2.3 million with nearly 900 registered participants representing more than 100 law enforcement agencies annually.

Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization that unleashes the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health, education, and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. With the support of coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports to nearly 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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