Did you know that The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Louisiana, or LETR, unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana? Torch Run efforts to raise funds include collecting corporate sponsorships, selling T-shirts, Running, and hosting unique fundraising events.
Today is International Volunteer Day. To all of of our dedicated volunteers across the state of Louisiana and the entire Special Olympics Movement, we say THANK YOU! We hope that you enjoy your day and look forward to many, many more years of your volunteer support.
Do you know someone in Law Enforcement? Are they part of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement? If not, we want them!
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) partners law enforcement agencies to promote awareness & relationship building between officers & persons with intellectual disabilities. It is the largest grassroots fundraising event & has become the most highly successful public awareness campaign in our history. Special Olympics Louisiana has over 150 agencies involved in the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement and they raised over $270,000 for us last year alone! Learn more
This weekend marks several important milestones and celebrations for the Special Olympics Movement. 50 years ago this week, Eunice Kennedy Shriver wrote an article in the Saturday Evening Post that for the first time shared her family’s personal story – their hopes and struggles on behalf of her sister Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability. This Saturday, 22 September, we carry on her legacy to unleash the gifts and talents of people with intellectual disabilities as we celebrate the third annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day. Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver reflects on that legacy in this special video message:
Healthy Athletes is a big part of our organization. At many of our state events, our athletes are screened in such disciplines as Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes and Fun Fitness. Our athletes can go through each discipline and will be screened, free of charge! Athletes receive a “goody” bag filled with materials they will need to continue a healthy life style at home, plus they receive a report card of their progress.
We are excited to announce our newest discipline, Feet Feet! The first time we will have Fit Feet at an event will be State Summer Games next weekend. Our athletes will be fitted for the right size shoe, get information on skin care, along with nail care. We are very excited to have this opportunity to give our athletes the correct care for their feet!
Special Olympics has earned the number one spot on a newly released national list of high-impact non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities.
“On behalf of our entire Special Olympics movement worldwide, we are honored to be given this prestigious ranking from Philanthropedia,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. Read the full article