The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program is one of the most important year-round fundraising initiatives supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts. Since it’s inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run program has raised over $790,000,000 globally. In 2019, Massachusetts LETR raised over $735,000!
Right now, we are entering a reimagined Special Olympics Massachusetts world of practices, competition, and support. We ask that you join us in this effort and identify a specific LETR Liaison within your agency who will help drive the LETR program forward at a very grassroots, community level. The LETR Liaison will work with other athletes, coaches, volunteers, and families in their area to raise awareness, funds, and bring in new athletes into our movement. Please fill out the online form for your agency here or on the right side of our website.
Check out how we’re staying involved through events and fundraising below:
Cruiser Convoy 2021 – June
The most anticipated LETR event of the year – the 14th annual Cruiser Convoy is here! In 2020, we held regional Cruiser Convoys across the state and saw our biggest participation yet with over 500 vehicles.
This year, throughout several weekends in June, join Special Olympics Massachusetts during their season-ending competitions for a parade-style Cruiser Convoy at one of the locations below.
Danvers 6/26 | Harwich 6/12 | Marlborough 6/12 | Milton 6/19 | North Easton 6/20 | Pittsfield (medaling only) 6/27 | Springfield 6/26
2021 Polar Plunge – It’s a wrap!
The 2021 Polar Plunge season was a huge success. We had over 2,000 participants and raised over $575,000 which is the most our plunges raised to date. Our Law Enforcement teams raised $100,000 all together through the Plunge!
Check out our wrap-up video from the 2021 Polar Plunge season.
Face Masks and Apparel for sale!
Want to show off your SOMA and LETR pride through apparel and while keeping everyone safe through a face mask? We’ve got you covered (literally).
Return to Play
If you’re interested in getting involved directly with your local community, check out these resources to learn about our Return to Play resources.
Right now, we have over 20 walking clubs throughout the state, multiple Sports Skills Centers where you can drop in, and upcoming spring and summer competitions.
Additionally, find volunteer information here.
Mass Fit Challenge – Re Create on your own!
2021 information coming soon!
The 2020 Mass Fit Challenge raised over $11,800 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!
This event is simple and easy to recreate for your own fundraiser. Here’s what you need:
- A weekend to complete the workout
- Someone to design a challenging but doable workout
- Awards for top finishers & fundraisers
- Optional: t-shirts or other gear, set a fundraising goal for individuals or teams
- Or make it custom to what you want to do!
Fundraise with Special Olympics Massachusetts!
While the world has turned towards virtual events, we have created several opportunities for you to support the 14,400 Special Olympics Massachusetts as we enter our next phase of practice & competition. Our athletes still need your support and your fundraising directly supports the athletes as they return to the playing field and beyond.
Whether you want to celebrate a Special Occasion, put on a socially distanced Corn Hole Tournament, be a part of our Run, Bike, and Walk series, or create your own fundraiser, you can do all of that here. Thank you for your endless support of Special Olympics Massachusetts!
Calling all Motorcycle and Engine enthusiasts! – August
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. In 2018, the Dream Ride raised $2 million dollars for Special Olympics athletes within the United States and around the world!
For details and to register for The Dream Ride Experience, visit the website.
Contact Stephanie.Esposito@SpecialOlympicsMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 256 for more details.
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.
To re imagine a Tip-a-Cop for today’s restaurants, we suggest coordinating with the restaurant and staff on what they think is safest for you and patrons. Perhaps there is a scan to donate icon on the table or an automatic 15% of takeout and dining in proceeds benefit SOMA.
If you’d like to start one in your own community please contact us at TorchRun@SpecialOlympicsMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 256
Some of the other events that have been organized include the following:
Get creative in how these can be turned virtual or held safely in small groups of people.
- Golf Tournaments
- Cooking Competitions – chili, wings, BBQ and more!
- Bowling Nights
- Poker Tournaments
- Comedy Nights
- Motorcycle Rides
- Goatee/Beard Competitions
- LETR Badge Paper Icon Sales Handbook
- Don’t forget to ask your union for a year end donation!
For any questions or information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-485-0986 x256