Annual Fundraising Campaign for Special Olympics Celebrates 40 Years in the Granite State

Concord, NH (May 28, 2024) – The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) commemorates four decades of partnership in 2024. In that 40 years, members of New Hampshire Law Enforcement have generated more than seven million dollars for the programs and athletes of SONH. Today there are more than 150 agencies that participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run initiatives for SONH annually.

Since May 16th, members of Law Enforcement throughout New Hampshire have been carrying the “Flame of Hope” throughout New Hampshire roads, towns and cities.  On Thursday, May 30th, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will travel from Nashua to arrive in Concord Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm for a celebration on the State House steps.

The State House Celebration will include members of law enforcement and SONH athletes running the torch up Main Street in Concord and on to the State House Plaza. Remarks from dignitaries and athletes will be followed by the lighting of the cauldron in anticipation of the Summer Games at UNH on Friday and Saturday. The event will conclude with a cookout on the State House Plaza.  The State House Celebration is free and open to the public.

In total, the Flame of Hope will travel more than 700 miles, lighting the way for Special Olympics athletes in New Hampshire while championing for inclusion.  The Torch will reach its final resting stop when it illuminates the cauldron serving as the kick off to our annual State Summer Games presented by Associated Grocers on Friday, May 31st at UNH in Durham.

The 40th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Hampshire is presented by Eversource. “Eversource stands shoulder to shoulder with the law enforcement community, unwavering in our commitment to support Special Olympics New Hampshire,” said Eversource New Hampshire President of Electric Operations Doug Foley. “With every stride we take, we embrace inclusivity and kindle a glowing flame of hope and unity that grows stronger with each athlete’s remarkable journey and achievements,” he continued.

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Eversource is a year-round partner with Special Olympics New Hampshire, not only providing volunteers for competitions, but also actively participating in fundraisers like the annual Penguin Plunge at Hampton Beach. Doug Foley also serves as a member of the SONH Board of Directors.

SONH is signing up volunteers now for the hundreds of positions that will be needed for the State Summer Games at UNH May 31st and June 1st. Descriptions of those volunteer opportunities and sign-up can be found here. Information about other events and activities can be found at

About SONH:

Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is an accredited program of Special Olympics International (SOI) and is part of an international global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.

About Eversource:

Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2024 and recognized as a Five-Year Champion, appearing in every edition of the list. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, Eversource is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving nearly 535,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 10,300 homes and businesses in eight communities. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the #1 contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,900 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like a first-in-the-nation networked geothermal pilot project, solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system.