From Scott Whyte, Chairman of the LETR International Executive Council:
The LETR International Executive Council launched the ‘2020 Global Virtual Torch Run‘ on Saturday, August 1, 2020. This event – being hosted for the first time by the Council – is focused on encouraging Torch Runners and supporters of Special Olympics to stay connected with our great movement.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has meant that many things have had to change this year.
Traditionally, one of the highlights of the Torch Run year is the annual LETR International Conference which was scheduled to be held at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland in mid-September. The decision in April to cancel the conference was extremely difficult to make but correct.
Each year at the Conference, the Host Program arranges a 5km Torch Run – usually on the morning of the last day. In previous years, we have run from Coors Field to Mile High Stadium in Denver, along the ‘Strip’ in Las Vegas, and through Disneyworld in Orlando.
And it was from our disappointment at not being able to gather this year in Maryland that the concept of a Global Virtual Torch Run was born.
So mark down Sunday, September 20, 2020 in your calendar as the date that you will participate in the biggest torch run event organised for this year. Click here to read more.
LETR Iceland Hosts Its First Golf Tournament
Friday, June 19, 2020 saw the inaugural LETR Golf Open held at the Sudurnes Golf Club in Iceland. The event which was run in a ‘Texas Scramble’ format attracted a field of 100 hitting off at 9:00 a.m. to the sound of a Police Siren.
The organisers, Gudmundur Sigurdsson and Dadi Thorkelsson (Police Officers and members of LETR Iceland) together with Karen Asta Fridjónsdóttir who is on the board of Special Olympics Iceland worked with the Sudurnes Golf Club to arrange the event.
Gummi Sigurdsson said “All tees were fully booked, and we had a waiting list for the tournament which exceeded our brightest hopes. The event took place in pleasant weather and overall raised almost 800,000 Icelandic Krona (USD$6,000) through green fees and sponsorships. I know that the Sports Association of the Disabled and Special Olympics Iceland thank LETR Iceland and the participants for this great initiative and important support.” Click here to read more.
A Message from Chief LaMunyon
We’re going through a challenging time, but that’s what we do in law enforcement. We bring calm to chaos. We bring organization to disorganization. The same is true for the LETR. We have hit roadblocks and detours. But an irresistible force cannot be stopped. What started here in our Kansas town is now a roaring flame of stability worldwide because of you. It will shine brighter as the days go on and the months unfold. We are lighting the way for our athletes - here today and for all the years to come.
2022 Final Leg Announced
From Final Leg Team Captain John Newnan:
It's official! The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team comprised of law enforcement officers from over 45 U.S. states and 24 countries around the world will be supporting the Special Olympics World Winter Games Kazan 2022 by carrying the Flame of Hope through scores of cities, towns and communities in Russia, creating awareness for Special Olympics, excitement for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Kazan, and spreading the message of building inclusive, interactive communities of acceptance and inclusion. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraising and awareness tool for Special Olympics worldwide having raised over 3/4 of a BILLION dollars since the inception in 1981! Here's a sneak preview.
Celebrating Eunice Kennedy Shriver
On 10 July, Eunice Kennedy Shriver would have celebrated her 99th birthday. We continue to recognize her for her efforts on behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities throughout the world!
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