Torch Runners around the world wished Chief Richard LaMunyon a very happy 80th birthday on Friday, April 24th! 39 years ago, Chief LaMunyon saw an opportunity to include Special Olympics athletes into the community through what we know today as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. His vision of inclusion and acceptance has changed the lives of millions of Special Olympics athletes and members of law enforcement around the world.
Chief LaMunyon is currently the Chairman Emeritus on the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council, which provides support and guidance to over 110,000 members of law enforcement globally who have raised more than $794,000,000 for Special Olympics. Click here to read more and to send a birthday message.
Submission Dates for the International LETR Awards
The nomination period for the John Carrion “Unsung Hero” Award, International Executive Council Athlete Award, and the Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame Award open Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and close Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT. All LETR Programs are invited to consider submitting a nomination for this award.
The Award Nomination Package, including the Application Form, can be downloaded from the LETR website through the AWARDS, ELECTIONS & SUBMISSIONS link on the main page.
Under normal circumstances, the induction ceremony would be conducted at the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference. That will not be possible in 2020 due to the significant impact of COVID-19 on LETR and Special Olympics activities. The Selection Committee is examining innovative ways to conduct the ceremony this year and will make an announcement prior to the close of nominations.
Polar Plunges Go "Virtual" Amid the Pandemic
The coronavirus and social distancing have definitely challenged us to become more innovative with our fundraisers! We would like to acknowledge all of the Programs who held Polar Plunges both before and after we were impacted by strict social distancing guidelines. While we couldn’t feature every Program’s event, we hope you enjoy these great photos and their representation of all that Law Enforcement does in support of the athletes of Special Olympics!
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Easy Ways You Can Help Fundraise for Special Olympics Right Now
Microsoft: Give with Bing-
Microsoft, a long-standing corporate partner of Special Olympics, recently launched “Give with Bing.” It’s a new way for anyone to support Special Olympics, just by surfing the web. Just follow the attached directions, set Bing as your default search engine, and you can help raise money for the movement! Special Olympics will be one of Microsoft’s featured charities throughout their campaign, running now through June 30th. Microsoft will be matching ALL donations in Give with Bing! So it’s a double-win for us! Click here to read more.
Planning to make a few shopping trips online? Make sure to switch from the general Amazon shopping platform to AmazonSmile. Amazon’s charity platform AmazonSmile allows everyone to support Special Olympics financially through each purchase they make via AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to support a charity of your choice. So choose Special Olympics, Inc. to help!
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