The Chula Vista Police Department hosts the Kick-off to the 2011 Special Olympics/Law Enforcement "Flame of Hope" Torch Run.
Photo used with permission of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
This colorful event kicks off an important fundraising effort that reaches across the state. The "Flame of Hope" Torch Run has become the largest grassroots fundraising event for Special Olympics. The Torch will be carried from the Chula Vista Police Department to National City PD and on to Harbor / 32nd St where it will be handed off to SDPD and from there police departments up the state will participate.
The 2011 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run involves more than 3,500 officers who will proudly carry the Special Olympics Torch more than 1,500 miles and through more than 200 communities.
The officers, representing law enforcement agencies throughout the state, collected donations for their participation and are sponsored by civic groups, local businesses and generous friends.
The Special Olympics Southern California currently serves over 1,400 athletes that compete in 12 different sports. They rely on fundraisers and corporate sponsorships.
About Torch Run
In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department created the Law Enforcement Torch Run as a way to involve his officers in the community by running a torch relay for their local Special Olympics. The first Torch Run involved six officers and they raised no money.
More than 25 years later, the Torch Run has grown to include more 100 separate runs in over 35 countries. In 2007, more than 85,000 law enforcement officers raised more that $32 million to support community based sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Torch Run has become the largest grassroots fundraising event for Special Olympics.
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