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Law Enforcement for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a year-round fundraiser and spreads awareness of Special Olympics in the community.  Every branch of state, municipal, county and federal Law Enforcement and friends of law enforcement participate in the LETR.  All income generated from LETR fundraising events is used to cover 100 percent of expenses associated with new athletes and new Local Programs getting involved with Special Olympics New Hampshire.

In 1985, Chief Stan Stevens (ret) of Wolfeboro brought an idea back to New Hampshire from the Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. That idea was to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Hampshire through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). What started as a series of runs to kick off Summer Games has now grown into a year-round commitment by Law Enforcement across New Hampshire.
 The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes.

How can my agency get involved?

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is so much more than a run. There are many fundraising initiatives that Law Enforcement officials can be involved in throughout the year. You can raise funds for SONH by soliciting donations/sponsorships for running in the Torch Run itself, selling Torch Run icons at local businesses, participating at a “Tip-A-Cop” or “Cop-On-Top” event, pumping gas during the Special Olympics Promotion- To Serve and Protect, or taking part in the Dream Ride. This program is one that your agency can really have pride in making your own. Contact Mary Conroy for more information.