As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the LETR raised over $42.1 million in 2011. 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. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics. He also saw it as an ideal way to get local law enforcement personnel involved with the Special Olympics community. The LETR was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the founding organization of the Special Olympics Law enforcement Torch Run®. What started as a flicker, thirty-two years ago, has grown into a roaring flame of support and stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.At its most basic level, the LETR is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope® to the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics local competitions, state and provincial Games, and National Summer or Winter Games. In addition, every two years, law enforcement officers from around the world gather to carry the Flame of Hope® in a Final Leg torch run in honor of the Special Olympics World Summer or World Winter Games. Overall, the LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles. These include T-shirt and merchandise sales, donations and pledges for runners who participate in the LETR, corporate partnerships, and special events such as Polar Plunge®, Tip-A-Cop®, World’s Largest Truck Convoy ®, Cops on Top®, golf tournaments and other events that have extensive local appeal.
Check everyone’s titles
Next level of leadership.Talk about the roles and expectations of each.
Highlight vacancies and see if anyone is interested or has someone in mind to fill empty positions.How does the EC want accept new people? Application process?
So we covered the leadership structure and how we envision information passing from the EC or SOVT to different areas of the state. Talk about financial structure of SOVT and the role of local programs fundraising for themselvesHere are the components of LETR in Vermont:
Should this be $13k or the net?Justin
Talk about athletes joining along the way.
Bill / Derrick
Explain event and opportunity to replicate this event in other parts of the state/other stores.
Talk about the whole Irving relationshipBill
List all other competition opportunities (13)Justin and Bri - CA
Idaho – JackIowa - JackNebraska - JackChina - DerekGreece – Niki YandowTalk about opportunities to participate in the run for USA Games in 2014
Advance quality sports: competition events, athlete training, coaches training.Building communities: SOVT families, YAP, ALPS, become an athlete lead movementConnect fans and funds: Raise $Develop movement leadership: Culture of one SOVT, health athletesEstablish sustainable capabilities: Technology, composting.
LETR 2013 conference presentation
A global movement in our local community
Guardians of the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics Vermont
Goals and Mission
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special
Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special
Since its inception in 1981, LETR has grown extensively worldwide with
over 142,000 volunteers spanning 48 countries, and raising more than
$414 million for the Special Olympics movement.
• Fundraising for Special Olympics
• Involving local law enforcement personnel with the Special Olympics
community, extending to them friendship, acceptance and
LETR Leadership Structure
Guardians of the flame carry the Torch during the 2010 National Games in Nebraska
LETR Executive Council
Cunningham, USAF ANG
Sgt. Justin Huizenga, Williston
Director: Chief Jack
Harris, Lyndonville PD
Williamson, South Burlington
Officer Ben Hollwedel, Williston
retired National Guard
Athlete Representative (TBD)
LETR Regional Directors &
Sgt. Justin Huizenga,
Blish, Woodstock PD
Lt. Lloyd Dean, XXXX
Hull, Stowe PD
Lt. Bruce Merriam,
LETR County Coordinators
States Attorney Jim Hughes
Officer Randy Crowe, Bristol PD
Grand Isle County
Chief Steve Crawford, Bennington Fire Department
Officer Fred Peyton, XXX
Retired Officer John Frechette & Sheriff Brett Gaylord
Trooper Rene Klementowski, VSP Rutland
Essex & Orleans Counties
Trooper Callie Field, VSP Derby
Torch Run & T-Shirt Sales
Law enforcement and SOVT athletes run the Final Leg of the Torch Run into the
opening ceremonies of the 2013 Summer Games
In 2013, Torch Run t-shirt sales raised $13,000 for SOVT!
2013 Torch Run Routes
Brattleboro to South Burlington
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Bennington to South Burlington
2013 Torch Run Routes
Northeast leg: Derby Line to South Burlington
St. Albans to South Burlington
In 2013, Law Enforcement will host
3 Tip-A-Cop events raising an
estimated $3,500 for SOVT
The 2013 Cop-OnTop event at Wilkins
raised $3,800 for
To Serve and Protect Day
Athletes and local law enforcement
team up with an Irving/CircleK station
to pump gas, wash windows, and
greet patrons. Athletes collect tips for
their work that directly supports their
delegation and teammates.
In 2013, 9 programs raised $3,300.
Law Enforcement volunteered at 7 of
• Regional and International LETR conferences
• 2010 – Long Beach, CA
• 2011 – Calgary, Alberta Canada
• 2012 – Indianapolis, Indiana
• 2013 – Orlando, FL
• 2014 – New Orleans, LA
• 2015 - Bahamas
• SOVT Summer and Winter Games
• University of Vermont
• Woodstock / Suicide Six
• USA Games – every four years, alternating summer and winter sports
• 2006 - Iowa
• 2010 – Nebraska
• 2014 – New Jersey
• World Games – every other year, alternating summer and winter sports
• 1981 – Vermont hosts the second SO World Winter Games at
Smugglers Notch and Stowe
• 2007 – Shanghai, China (summer)
• 2009 – Boise, Idaho (winter)
• 2011 – Athens, Greece (summer)
• 2013 – PyeongChang, Republic of Korea (winter)
• 2015 – Los Angeles, CA (summer)
• 2017 – Austria (winter)
• 2019 – Australia, Germany, or South Africa (summer)
2010 USA National Games
Torch Run Final Leg
Who’s this guy!?
What is it?
An organization’s process of defining its strategy and making
decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy.
Understand the current position and opportunities.
Why do it?
To develop a collective understanding of where the organization is going
and resources and actions need to get there.
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Aligned with SOI Strategic Plan and movement
5 Key Pillars:
Advance Quality Sports and Competitions
Connect Fans & Funds
Develop Movement Leadership
Establish Sustainable Capabilities
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