The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has been a yearly event in Wisconsin since 1986. The Torch Run in Wisconsin is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness for Special Olympics. This event is held in all 50 States, 12 Canadian provinces and 48 countries. It involves more than 142,000 law enforcement officers from around the world.
Nearly 2,000 athletes competed at the State Summer Games which took place in Stevens Point recently. The "Flame of Hope" was carried by a law enforcement official from every corner of Wisconsin to the opening ceremony. Participation in this event included running, walking, biking, rollerblading or driving a support vehicle. The mission of the Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics visit their website: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1107701&lis=1&kntae1107701=F88509678C5B44F197325D3DA780E993&ccp=653111
Chief Koval spoke at the last leg of the Torch Run in Madison giving his support for the event and those that participate. To hear Chief Koval speak at this event click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAX3_NW8nIk
The Madison Police Department is honored to support this event and to be a part of this event by having several members of our department participate in various legs of the Torch Run. Our Department was also represented in Stevens Point as members of our department ran the softball throw event. Check out the local news story in Stevens Point about the Special Olympics: http://www.waow.com/category/135525/video-landing-page?clipId=10242828&autostart=true
This blog was authored by Chief Koval's Administrative Assistant Alyssa Cains.