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by | Jul 1, 2016 |

First to Carry the Torch and Still Lighting the Way!

The Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating 35 years of lighting the way for Special Olympics Kansas athletes!

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It started with ONE agency, SIX runners and $20,000 in Kansas, and now has 85,000 officers and has raised over $500 million dollars for Special Olympics in 43 countries. Law Enforcement Officers around the world serve as Guardians of the Flame ensuring that the Flame of Hope is delivered to the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies for local, state, national and world games around the world.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a world-wide grassroots movement that raises awareness and millions of dollars for Special Olympics athletes. It started in Kansas, in 1979, simply by asking a police chief to attend an event. Police Chief Richard LaMunyon observed that Special Olympics transcended all boundaries—race, economic, and social status and mirrored the daily interactions of law enforcement. LaMunyon saw the similarities as an ideal match for his department to support and the rest, as they say, is history.
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LETR in the News

Current Edition of the Guardian

Kansas Trooper Spring 2017 Article

Merriam Police Officer represents LETR at the FInal Leg in Austria

Cpl. James Browning of Merriam Police Dept. honored
James represented KS LETR at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, March 14-25, as a representative in the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
James is one of 85 LETR runners from around the globe who carried the Flame of Hope throughout cities, towns and communities across Austria during the week leading up to the Games. The Final Leg ended at the WM-Stadium Planai in Schladming as part of the Opening Ceremony of the Games. Read More.   #FinalLeg2017

Contact Us

Vice President of Development & LETR
Luke Schulte
620-408-4450

Kansas State Director
Jeff Bragg
913-238-8591

Special Olympics Kansas Contacts
Chris Hahn
President & CEO
913-236-9290 x. 104

Mitch Guthrie
Director of Development
316-263-1181

Kate Buenger
Director of Development
913-236-9290 x. 107

Past State Directors

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Thank you to our
Guardians of the Flame

Shawnee Police Department takes the Plunge
Congratulations to the Shawnee Police Department for raising over $7,500 and taking the Plunge at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, January 28th!  Click on this link for photos and details.
Over $16,000 was raised by law enforcement officers from Gardner, Johnson County Parks Police, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe, Ottawa, Shawnee and Wellsville. Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office provided security and Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Water Rescue Squad provided the water safety team.

Salute the BadgeTOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Topeka Police Det. Kristi Powell is inspired by the elements, powell-kristi-ksespecially the hot fire of the Special Olympics torch and the freezing water of the organization’s signature fundraiser, the Polar Plunge.
“She makes me smile whenever I see her and she always has those warm smiles whenever she sees all of us athletes in Kansas.” (Bekah Henderson, Topeka Athlete)
Click here to read more about Kristi’s decade and a half supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas, from being there for the athletes, to taking the Plunge to Running the Final Leg at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Congratulations to Cpl. Adam Taylor, Prairie Village Police Dept. on receiving the 2016 lamunyon award2016 LaMunyon Award for Outstanding Service to Special Olympics Kansas.

Adam had the honor of Opening the 2016 Summer Games with Most Inspirational Athlete of 2016 Dusty Gunter.

Want to Get Involved?

Besides running hundreds of miles through Kansas and awarding medals at Special Olympics competitions, officers participate in fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the organization.

To Register your Agency today – download the registration form here

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Become a Partner

The Torch Run is successful because of the generosity of Law Enforcement Agencies, businesses and individuals throughout Kansas. Kansas LETR has raised over $6 million for Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS). Download the LETR Sponsorship Brochure and learn how you can become involved.

Final Leg Runner and 2015 Most Inspirational Athlete Dustin Gunter at 2016 Summer Games

Final Leg Runners with Most Inspirational Athlete Dustin Gunter at the 2016 Summer Games