To get involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina (NC LETR), call Leslie Moyar at 919-210-0966 or email the NC LETR.
As an officer, organize a fundraiser, participate in a relay and encourage a local business to make a contribution or sponsor your NC LETR event. The NC LETR is one of the best marketing opportunities available. It provides the opportunity to help a worldwide movement, while enhancing the public image of major donors. Via the NC LETR, sponsors can partner with one of the most highly respected groups in the world – law enforcement!
Departments and agencies participating in the NC LETR have numerous fundraising events throughout the year. These events range from golf tournaments, to motorcycle rides, to road races and vary with the community interest. A current list of events can also be found in the NC LETR Calendar.
In addition to these uniquely local events, there are signature NC LETR events that generally work well in a majority of communities throughout the state. Contact Leslie Moyar for more information on NC LETR Events.
A Polar Plunge is a fun and unique event that involves a group of people jumping into a body of water in the middle of winter. The plungers raise money for the privilege of jumping into the water. A number of these events are held throughout the state on an annual basis. A parking lot plunge is the same as the traditional Polar Plunge, but it takes place in a swimming pool set up in a parking lot or other similar location. Learn more.
Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC
When: October 21, 2023
The Plane Pull® is a unique team building activity for groups. It requires participants to come together as a team to achieve a very daunting task — pull an airplane 25 feet! Five-person teams will compete to see who can pull a 40,000-pound plane the fastest! Each five-person team must raise a minimum of $800 total by the event date. Visit ncplanepull.com for more information on this event.
WOD for Inclusion
When: May, June and July 2023
Work up a sweat for Special Olympics North Carolina at the “WOD for INCLUSION” fundraising event! The workout “1968” was created to honor Special Olympics athletes worldwide. This event is for anyone and everyone who’s up for a challenging workout for a great cause. Get more information here.
Torch Run Relays
When: May 2023
Each year, 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! Learn more.
Over The Edge
When: September 30, 2023
Participants raise a minimum of $1,000 for the opportunity to rappel 30 stories down the 150 Fayetteville St. building in Downtown Raleigh. Get a view of the city few ever will and raise your support of Special Olympics athletes to new heights! Registration, photos and more information at overtheedgenc.com.
Truck Convoy for Special Olympics
When: November 18, 2023
Truck Convoy for Special Olympics features local law enforcement officers escorting a convoy of trucks through the area to raise awareness and funds. The truckers pay an entry fee to participate and also raise additional funds for the privilege of being the lead truck or the last truck.
A Tip-a-Cop event is a great was for law enforcement officers to get into the community and be able to interact with the public in a one-on-one setting. Law enforcement officers partner with the traditional waitstaff to serve as “celebrity” wait staff and help with duties such as refilling drinks and bringing out bread while talking to the customers about Special Olympics and the NC LETR. At the end of the meal, law enforcement officers ask for a donations for Special Olympics in addition to any tip that would normally be left for the wait staff.
There are several successful golf tournaments held to benefit the NC LETR annually. Please contact SONC staff who can direct you to agencies with successful golf tournaments. The key to a profitable golf tournament is having green fees and food/beverage sponsors. Make sure your expenses are at no more than 25% of your event revenue.
Run WITH the Law
Run WITH the Law involves middle and high school students along with local law enforcement coordinated by the School Resource Officer. Participants raise funds in order to run with law enforcement officers and the “Flame of Hope.” Additional information and a timeline for Run WITH the Law as well as the Run WITH the Law Participation Waiver are now available.
T-shirt donations generate approximate 10% of the $1 million raised annually by the NC LETR. Each year a unique T-shirt design is sold statewide by law enforcement officers. The minimum donation for a T-shirt is $20. Many departments will set up a table in a high traffic location such as a community event/festival or in a popular shopping center to solicit donations for the high quality shirts or hats. Learn more.
Cops-On-Top Building Sits
Officers sit on top of a building in a high traffic location such as a Walmart or a fast food restaurant — like Chick-fil-A — and draw people to the area while other volunteers solicit funds from patrons. A document that provides best practices and detailed timelines for the event are available for download as a PDF.