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:
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 Networking Calls
Special Olympics Massachusetts is hosting networking zoom calls to educate our community on the return to play protocols AS WELL as offering a useful time to network with all the members of the community from law enforcement to athletes to coaches and families. Since we are moving in the direction of very local, grassroots fundraising and competition, this is a great way to meet the SOMA community in your area.
Mass Fit Challenge
Be a part of a team fitness series designed by a fitness expert. The catch? You don’t know what the workout will be until the weekend of the event – August 15th at midnight.
Participants will have two days (August 15th & 16th) to complete the virtual challenge designed by Jason Shea, the Massachusetts Police Training Committee Statewide Health & Wellness Coordinator. Jason Shea’s workout will be both physically and mentally demanding requiring motivation and determination to complete the challenge. All activities can be completed as a team with no equipment.
Teams that raise $500 by July 29th will receive t-shirts for the entire team.
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 21-23, 2020
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!
Dream Ride has been modified and reimagined, but is still happening this year! 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
Cruiser Convoy was a major success!
LETR has always been a huge supporter of Summer Games, and we were able to continue that tradition during this pandemic – Parade Style!
The Chiefs of Police Associations in each MA county organized a Cruiser Convoy with local agencies including police, fire, sheriff’s, etc. for June 13th at to show support for the Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes who live, work, and are social distancing within our communities.
Throughout several locations, we saw over 500 law enforcement vehicles DOUBLING our total from 2019. We raised over $12,000 as well through sponsors and law enforcemen t agencies. Thank you to everyone who made these events safe and fun for everyone! We can’t wait for next year.
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