The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina (NC LETR) Final Leg of the Torch Run Relay will open the 2022 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games during the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 3 at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University at 7:30 p.m. During the Opening Ceremony, law enforcement officials will present the Circle of Honor and light the cauldron, signifying the official opening of the Games.
Nearly 2,500 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope across the state from six different points throughout May, as part of the largest awareness campaign for the NC LETR.
On Friday, June 3, the Final Leg of the Torch Run Relay will start at Carter-Finley Stadium – Gate C at 4700 Trinity Road, Raleigh, North Carolina, at 10 a.m. The five-mile relay route will conclude at the North Carolina State Capitol at 11:30 a.m. Media representatives are encouraged to be stationed at the entrance to Meredith College at 10:30 a.m. for a 10-minute rest stop.
At the conclusion of the relay, law enforcement officers will be transported back to C. Richard Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley Stadium for lunch and awards at 12:30 p.m.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising event for Special Olympics. North Carolina law enforcement officers’ 2022 goal is to raise $1.5 million for Special Olympics North Carolina through special events, individual and corporate donations and donations for T-shirts.
The 2022 SONC Summer Games, to be held June 3-5 in the Raleigh area, will include over 900 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners, individuals without intellectual disabilities, from across the state, competing in athletics, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming and volleyball.
Official 2022 sponsors of NC LETR include: Championship Level: Sheetz, IDEAs that Work, Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Jersey Mike’s Subs, NC Knights of Columbus and Publix; Gold Level: Civitan International and Dunkin’ Donuts; Crossroads Ford of Apex, Mark Jacobson Toyota, AAA Carolinas, DMJ and Prudential; Bronze Level: Durham Exchange Club Industries Inc. (DECI), Bob Barker, Live Oak Bank and Relias.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 5.4 million children and adults around the world who have intellectual disabilities. 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
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.