David's Special Olympics Maryland Page

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows bigger and better. (For a quick and inspiring history of the Torch Run, watch this video).

In January 2013, an international team of 130 members — including 92 law enforcement officers, 10 Special Olympics athletes, and 28 support personnel — served as Guardians of the Flame® as they ran the Flame of Hope through the cities and towns of the Republic of Korea. This was a prelude throughout to the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, from 29 January to 5 February 2013. The Final Leg runners were selected from around the world to represent their respective LETR chapters and Special Olympics Programs.

As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the LETR raised over $42.1 million in 2011. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with over 142,000 volunteers spanning 48 countries, and raising more than $414 million for the Special Olympics movement. Fundraising is only part of what the officers involved with the initiative give to the movement. Our athletes say law enforcement officers are truly supportive of the cause – extending to them friendship, acceptance and encouragement.

Special Olympics thanks these officers for their untiring support and salutes them for protecting the world and its citizens.