What is LETR?
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a campaign by law enforcement and public safety departments and agencies, to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. The title references our annual Torch Run, during which officers and athletes (Guardians of the Flame) run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of Special Olympics competitions. For SOVT, this means officially kicking off our Summer and Winter Games competitions.
LETR is not a single event but a global movement. LETR involves a variety of fundraising vehicles throughout the year, including t-shirt sales, corporate sponsors and special events, including Dream Ride, Fueling Dreams, Tip-A-Cop, To Serve and Protect Day, medal draping at competitions and Cop on Top.
Irving Oil® and Circle K® Fueling Dreams
Each year, Irving Oil® generously donates a portion of proceeds from oil sales from participating state dealers to the athletes of Special Olympics Vermont, in conjunction with participating Circle K® stores that sell car clings to raise additional funds. This year the Fueling Dreams event will run from July 3-August 3, 2013 at locations around the state.
To Serve and Protect Day
Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement/public safety agencies team up with Irving/Circle K sites who are participating in the “Fueling Dreams” promotion for a fundraising event called “To Serve and Protect Day”. Athletes and officers pump gas, wash windshields and collect donations from customers.
The Tip-A-Cop program began with a small police department in Connecticut. Officers joined forces with a local restaurant to collect “tips”, as they worked alongside wait staff, to raise money for SOCT. Since the first Tip-A-Cop, hundreds of similar events have sprung up across the country to benefit Special Olympics programs across the U.S., including three in Vermont.
Special Olympics Vermont athletes participate in 18 competitions in 12 different sports throughout the year. At the competitions and award ceremonies, SOVT awards our athletes for their hard work and achievements. SOVT athletes look forward to receiving medals from their heroes – YOU! Medal draping takes place at all of our competitions. Please visit our event calendar for competition dates and contact Liza Reed for more information.