Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a year-round fundraiser and spreads awareness of Special Olympics in the community. Every branch of state, municipal, county and federal Law Enforcement and friends of law enforcement participate in the LETR. The funds raised by the LETR cover assessment costs for athletes to participate in the Program during their first year.
In 1985, Chief Stan Stevens (ret) of Wolfeboro brought an idea back to New Hampshire from the Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. That idea was to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Hampshire through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). What started as a series of runs to kick off Summer Games has now grown into a year-round commitment by Law Enforcement across New Hampshire.
There are many fundraising initiatives that Law Enforcement officials can be involved in throughout the year. You can raise funds for SONH by soliciting donations/sponsorships for running in the Torch Run itself, selling Torch Run icons at local businesses, participating at a “Tip-A-Cop” or “Cop-On-Top” event, pumping gas during Fueling Dreams - To Serve and Protect, or taking part in the Dream Ride down in Farmington, CT.
There are also a number of volunteer opportunities available. Receiving a medal can be one of the most special moments in an athlete’s career, and it is an added thrill to be awarded that medal by a member of the Law Enforcement community. Be a hero and volunteer to present awards at an upcoming competition. Check our event calendar for more chances to get involved.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people … recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share.
For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes.
May 16 —31: Law Enforcement Torch Run — across NHFor more information or to sign up to receive regular updates about LETR activities, contact Ashley Lawson at AshleyL@sonh.org or call (603) 624-1250 ext. 42.
May 31 — June 2: Summer Games — UNH, Durham
June 23: Dream Ride Kick-Off event and “Cop-On-Top” — McKinnon’s, Portsmouth
July 3 — Aug 3: Circle K Fueling Dreams promotion, cling sales — across NH
July 27: Fueling Dreams – To Serve and Protect Day — across NH
August 3: State Softball Tournament — Keene
August 6: State Golf Tournament — Nippo Lake
August 23— 25: Dream Ride — Farmington, CT
October 12: Tip-A-Cop at Red Robin — Nashua
October 26: State Bowling Tournament — across NH
November 2: Change Day — across NH
November 14 – 15: NH Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Conference -—Manchester