June 19-23, 2017
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, Special Olympics. The idea for the Torch Run was to provide local law enforcement officers with an opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where the officers lived and worked. After three successful years in Kansas, Chief LaMunyon presented his idea to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which endorsed Special Olympics as its official charity through the Torch Run.
Law enforcement from all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces and territories and 35 nations carry the Flame of Hope in honor of Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world. The Flame of Hope symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity and the inclusion of all people around the world. The Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. This international program has raised over $600 million to support Special Olympics programs. More than 97,000 law enforcement personnel from thousands of agencies around the world have been Guardians of the Flame and carried the Flame of Hope.
Help us celebrate at SOMN Summer Games!
Summer Games: June 22-24
Eastview High School | 6200 140th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Celebration Ceremonies — Help carry the Flame of Hope to Summer Games! Law enforcement will meet at Apple Valley Police Department by 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23, before carrying the Torch to Eastview High School for the start of the Summer Games Celebration Ceremonies. Dinner will be provided at Apple Valley PD. Apple Valley PD address: 7100 147th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
After Party — After the Celebration Ceremonies we will meet at Rascal’s Bar & Grill in Apple Valley for some drinks, appetizers and to celebrate the Final Leg and SOMN Summer Games! Rascal’s address: 7721 147th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
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