|The Law Enforcement Torch Run program is one of the most important year-round fundraising initiatives supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts. Officers from the around the state are constantly organizing events to support their local athletes, by taking part in already established fundraisers, as well as creating new and inventive ways to help support Special Olympics Massachusetts within their community. Here are some of the most popular events happening around the state:|
- Tip-A-Cop™ - Various 2017 Dates
Tip-A-Cop is a fun event where officers act as celebrity wait staff working for “tips” that are donations. If you know a local restaurant that would host you and a few of your fellow officers, then you already have most of the work done. We have all the promotional materials you will need. It’s a great way to not only raise money, but work with your community, highlighting your department’s community involvement. These events typically get great press coverage. If you’d like to start one on your own community please contact us at TorchRun@SpecialOlympcisMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 225
- North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Fun Run - Spring 2018
Thank you to all sponsors and the 230+ runners who contributed to last year’s Glow in the Park 5k! Together we raised almost $19,000 for Special Olympics athletes.
Special thank you to No. Attleboro Officer Kristine Crosman and her group of volunteers who planned, organized and executed the event! Until next spring!
Glow in the Park Flyer
- Torch Runs
Special Olympics Massachusetts hosts a series of runs leading up to Summer Games; in Middleton, Everett, on the Cape and prior to the Opening Ceremony of Summer Games—known as the Final Leg. The Final Leg starts at Boston College and culminates at Boston University, with the lighting of the cauldron signifying the opening of the games.
Cape Cod – June 2018
Thank you to all departments along Rt. 6A on Cape Cod who supported, ran and raised funds for the 10th annual Cape Cod Torch Run leg!
Cape Cod Torch Run Leg Route
Photos from the Torch Run
- Cruiser Convoy - June 10, 2017
The concept of the Cruiser Convoy started here in Massachusetts and takes place every June in conjunction with Summer Games. Police vehicles start from three points across the state, representing the north, south and west. The three caravans then converge at Boston College Law School in Newton before continuing on to the Harvard Athletic Facilities in Allston, as one final line of cars, lights and sirens pulls into Summer Games in recognition of the accomplishments of the athletes. The officers then share in the joy and privilege of awarding medals and ribbons to the athletes at the six different competition venues at the games.
June 10, 2017 @ Special Olympics MA State Summer Games
Cruiser Convoy Route Details 2017
Pictures from Previous Cruiser Convoys
Cruiser Convoy Save the Date
Cruiser Convoy Save the Date details
Offline Registration Form
- Marlborough Motorcycle Ride - June 24, 2017
Save the Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
This past June, over 200 motorcycle riders joined the Marlborough Police Department for a 60-mile escorted ride around Metro West. With over 150 bikes along the route, 40+ raffle prizes, delicious BBQ donated from the local Wegman’s grocery store – we raised over $10,000 for Special Olympics athletes!
See photos from the 2016 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride
- Run With the Cops 5K Fun Run - June/July 2017
Mansfield -Sunday, June 25, 2017
Run with the Cops 5k Fun Runs are professionally-timed courses featuring “Copstacles.” Local law enforcement officials manage and participate in this event.
Pittsfield Midnight Run w/ the Cops Fun Run & Walk
Organized by officers from the Pittsfield Police Department and other Berkshire County volunteers, join us for this unique night run with ‘Copstacles’ along the course!
- Dream Ride - August 25-27, 2017
August 25-27, 2017
Calling all Motorcycle and Engine enthusiasts!
Every year, the Dream Ride Experience unites thousands of friends and families and motorcycle and engine enthusiasts from multiple states and countries to celebrate Special Olympics athletes. The event inspires a sense of community and respect, acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities on and off the playing field. For details and to register for The Dream Ride Experience, visit www.dreamride.org.
Contact Stephanie.Esposito@SpecialOlympicsMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 256 for more details.
- Truck Pulls
It’s the most common thought that runs through all of our minds: how fast can I and up to nine of my friends pull a truck 20 feet?
Well, here is your opportunity to finally get your answer! Special Olympics Massachusetts host multiple truck pulls throughout the year all over the state.
Upcoming Truck Pulls
Mansfield Fire Truck Pull – October 14, 2017
More than $18,000 was raised in 2016 thanks to 14 teams from local Law Enforcement agencies, schools and civic organizations. Website coming soon!
Humboldt Truck Pull – October 22, 2017
Presented by Humboldt Moving and Storage. Location – Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA. More than $15,000 was raised in 2016. Join us for an even bigger event this year!
Humboldt Sponsorship Opportunities
For questions about any of the Truck Pulls, please contact: torchrun@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG or 508-485-0986 x225
- Berkshire County Plane Pull
Same concept as a Truck Pull… but with a Plane! That’s right, Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Law Enforcement Torch Run is offering YOU the opportunity to pull a plane! Think you can do it?
Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Plane Pull in conjunction with the Berkshires’ Wings, Wheels, and Warbirds Festival. More info to follow.
Berkshire Plane Pull – Fall 2017
- Trick or Trot 5k - Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
The event was a huge success raising more the $15,000! Stay tuned for the 2017 fundraising website!
In partnership with our Law Enforcement Torch Run program, the Trick or Trot 5k has found its new home – Stanley Park in Westfield, MA!
Post-race festivities will include a BBQ lunch, awards in race as well as costume categories, a K-9 demonstration, and more! Bring your family to the race and experience the first annual Trunk or Treat – a Halloween “trick or treat” hosted by local Law Enforcement officials!
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- Polar Plunge® - Various 2017 Dates
Take the Plunge into icy cold waters this winter to help provide nearly 12,000 athletes with an opportunity to participate in sports training and competition programs that help them live longer, happier, healthier lives. Each plunger will commit to raise at least $100 to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the state. Whether supporting a local program or raising money for general donations, every dollar you have raised directly supports year-round sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Massachusetts.
Get your feet wet by checking out photos of past years’ Polar Plunges on OUR SMUGMUG WEBPAGE.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
Onota Lake – Pittsfield, MA – 2017 Date TBD
Registration info coming soon.
No. Attleboro Kid’s Day Portable Polar Plunge – on ICE! – 2017 Date TBD
Registration info coming soon.
Previously in 2017:
Lake Massapoag – Sharon, MA – February 25, 2017
Record setting year with almost $46,000 raised for Special Olympics athletes!
Yawkey Sports Training Center – Marlborough, MA – Saturday, March 4, 2017
More than $20,000 has been raised to date!
Location: East Beach – New Bedford, MA – Saturday, March 25, 2017
More than $20,000 has been raised to date!
For questions about any of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges, please contact: polarplunge@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG or 508-485-0986 x256
Cop-on-Top events have been some of our biggest fundraisers to date. The basic concept is, you pick a retail store with high foot traffic (such as Walmart, Target, local grocery store, etc. — bonus points if it is in a shopping plaza!) and set a monetary goal. You then put a couple of cops on the roof of the building and collect donations from people coming in and out of the store, to get the cops down (or keep them up!). There is so much more to these events and they are unbelievably fun, but it is really up to the group to add some creative and exciting elements. The event is usually two days long, typically raising between $5,000 and $10,000, and in some instances even $50,000!
Upcoming Cop-on-Top Fundraisers:
Pittsfield, MA – December 2-3, 2017
Chicopee, MA – December 3, 2017
Specific event information coming soon!
- More Options
Some of the other events that have been organized include the following:
- Golf Tournaments
- Cooking Competitions – chili, wings, BBQ and more!
- Bowling Nights
- Poker Tournaments
- Comedy Nights
- Motorcycle Rides
- Goatee/Beard Competitions
- Don’ forget to ask your union for a year end donation!