Mark your calendars to join us at the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina Conference Feb. 8-9, in Cherokee, at the new Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Convention Center. See the conference agenda and sponsorship package here.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run®
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the largest year-round public awareness and grass-roots fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 110,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and the celebration of diversity, uniting communities around the globe. Here in North Carolina, nearly 2,000 law enforcement personnel support the NC LETR annually!
The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide, championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years, the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising events, including the Plane Pull®, Polar Plunge®, Tip-A-Cop®, Truck Convoy and more. Since its inception, LETR has raised almost $800 million worldwide with over $30 million being raised for Special Olympics North Carolina.
Fort Bragg leadership meets with Special Olympics NC
We were thrilled to meet with leaders of Fort Bragg to thank them for their support of nearly 40,000 Special Olympics NC athletes and discuss what is to come in 2022. Huge thanks to Provost Marshal LTC Till, Major Gassaway, Chief Bjorklund, CSM May and CPT Covan for their time!
Publix icon campaign kicks off January 2022
Publix will once again support Special Olympics North Carolina through an in-store icon fundraising campaign January 5 – January 16, 2022. Please mark your calendars to help us support Publix through the upcoming store campaign in January. A store list for the 2022 campaign can be found here.
NC LETR officer selected for 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Torch Run relay
Captain Michael Patterson of the Holly Springs Police Department has been selected by the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council to represent the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, taking place in Orlando June 5-12! Read more.
January Spotlight: DK Jones and Dustin Edmonson
In 2021, DK Jones and Dustin Edmondson’s efforts in relation to the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina were honorably recognized. Their nominations are proof of their success in recruiting supporters of Special Olympics from communities across the state of North Carolina. Read more.