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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.  All income generated from LETR fundraising events is used to cover 100 percent of expenses associated with new athletes and new Local Programs getting involved with Special Olympics New Hampshire.

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.  

LETR Events
  • May 10 – 30:  Law Enforcement Torch Run – Across NH

    May 29:  State House Celebration – 2:00 pm, Concord

    May 30 – May 31:  Summer Games – UNH, Durham


    June 28:  Dream Ride Kick-Off, “Cop-On-Top” & “Cover A Cruiser” – McKinnon’s Market, Portsmouth


    July 2 – Aug 3:  Circle K Fueling Dreams promotion, cling sales – Across NH

    July 26:  Fueling Dreams – To Serve and Protect Day – Across NH


    August 2:  State Softball Tournament – Keene

    August 5:  State Golf Tournament – Barrington

    August 11 – September 22:  Applebee’s Tip A Cop Promotion – Across NH 

    August 22 – 24:  Dream Ride – Farmington, CT

    August 25:  Foundation Golf Tournament – Country Club of NH, N. Sutton


    September 10 – 13:  International LETR Conference – New Orleans, LA

    September 27:  Rail Trail Run & Ride – Northern Rail Trail, Andover


    TBD:  State Soccer Tournament – Epping 


    November 2:  Change Day – Across NH

    November 17 – 18:  NH Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Conference – Waterville Valley

    TBD:  State Bowling Tournament – Across NH

    TBD:  State Floor Hockey – Manchester 

    For more information or to sign up to receive regular updates about LETR activities, contact Chelsea Gill at ChelseaG@sonh.org or call (603) 624-1250 ext. 42.  
LETR Fundraising History



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