(Raleigh, NC) – Winston-Salem Police Officer Claudia J. Morgan and Keith Jones, retired deputy with Guilford Sheriff’s Office, have accepted an invitation to serve as codirectors of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® (NC LETR) for Special Olympics North Carolina in 2015, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.
The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities across the state in an annual effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. In 2013, more than $1.2 million was raised for Special Olympics NC through the Torch Run efforts. A statewide committee of officers from various agencies and several Special Olympics NC athletes oversee the annual activities of the NC LETR throughout the state.
Officer Morgan is employed by the WinstonSalem Police Department and is assigned to the Chief of Police Office in the community resources unit. She has volunteered with Special Olympics NC since 2000 and with the Torch Run since 2001. She was recognized in 2012 for her work with the NC LETR by being inducted into the NC Torch Run Hall of Fame.
Keith Jones is a retired deputy from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, where he served 30 years before retiring from the special operations/ major crimes unit. Since his retirement, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Pleasant Garden Fire Department, which he has been a member since 1978. Jones has been a volunteer with the Torch Run since 1994. His greatest Torch Run accomplishment was representing the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run as a runner in the International Torch Run Final Leg at the 2001 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Law enforcement officers from around the world relayed the “Flame of Hope” across Greece and into the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Special Olympics World Games.
“We are fortunate to have both of these dedicated law enforcement officials provide leadership to the thousands of officers across the state who annually take part in the North Carolina Torch Run efforts,” said Fishburne. “Their devotion to the Special Olympics mission makes them the perfect leaders to serve in this important role.”
￼A photo of Claudia Morgan and Keith Jones is attached. For more information about the NC LETR, visit www.nctorchrun.com.
￼About the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising event for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides yearround sports training and competition for more than 3.5 million children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. In 2013, the NC Torch Run efforts resulted in over $1.2 million being raised for SONC. Nearly 40,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in North Carolina, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Association of School Resource Officers, NC Association of School Resource Officers, NC Department of Justice and the NC Department of Public Safety.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers yearround sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympictype competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.