Law enforcement officers to carry torch for Olympics

Local law enforcement officials will run and bike through Sheboygan, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Elkhart Lake Oneida, Kiel, Shawano, Oneida, Seymour, Black Creek, Shiocton, New London and Waupaca 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 30 communities and all participants will converge at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point on Thursday, June 9 for the SOWI State Summer Games Opening Ceremony. For the 30th year, they will run the Final Leg together carrying the torch ignited with the Flame of Hope to light the cauldron 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.

Approximately 150 local law enforcement officers will join their colleagues from more than 100 communities across the state. 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, Kiel Police Department, Green Bay Police Department, Oneida Police Department, Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office, Kewaunee Police Department, Department of Natural Resources, Two Rivers Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.

Officers are recruiting all members of police departments, sheriffs’ offices, the State Patrol, federal agencies, DNR, military members, county attorneys, corrections, probation and parole officers and their families to join the movement.

Information about signing up for the Torch Run and local Torch Run routes can be found on our website or by contacting Matt Harper, Regional Director of Development, 920-497-2422

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special 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 RunĀ® 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 empowers people with intellectual disabilities, leading to a more welcoming and inclusive society. With the support of donors, coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and more than 600 athletic competitions in 18 Olympic-type sports to over 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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