The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, T-shirt and hat donations and hosting unique fundraising events such as building sits, polar plunges and glow runs.
Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state in the Torch Run Final Leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh. The 2,000-mile, month-long Torch Run Relay involves more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina.
Officer Spotlight: Kenneth Royster
Kenneth Royster, warden at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, raised $1,100 on short notice in order to participate in Over the Edge. Royster rappelled 30 stories thanks to a staff challenge.
Gaston County Sheriffs put down the razors for Special Olympics NC
Untamed facial hair is typically frowned upon by superiors at the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office. But 74 deputies and detention officers within the law enforcement agency have been permitted to give their razors the month off in November, all for Special Olympics NC.
Deputy Daniel Blagg Selected to Carry the Flame of Hope in the Torch Run Final Leg for 2017 Special Olympics World Games
Deputy Daniel Blagg of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in Waynesville has been selected as North Carolina’s only law enforcement official to the Final Leg team that will run the “Flame of Hope” throughout Austria in March 2017 prior to the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Torch run Directors’ Message
Greetings Fellow Law Enforcement Officers, It is July and we are more than half way through our fundraising year. Where has the year gone?! The 2016 NC Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign has raised $750,000 to date. We are ahead of last year’s efforts but there is still much work to be done to reach […]