Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference 2018

Volunteers carry torch
By Laurie La Follette, CEO, Special Olympics Idaho

Special Olympics International held its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Conference from November 8—November 10, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The conference was held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  The LETR Conference is a time for law enforcement from around the world to celebrate the successes of the law enforcement officers and those of Special Olympics athletes who continue to benefit from the hard work and compassion that law enforcement have provided through its campaign of raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.  

This year, Rachael Masitis, Arturo Lechuga, Nampa CRC, Scott Hastings, an officer from Ada County Sheriff’s Department and Michael Martinez, an officer from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, along with Special Olympics Idaho Staff members, Laurie La Follette, and Shannon Reece proudly represented Idaho at the LETR conference along with 1133 other law enforcement officers from the US and International Special Olympics programs.

LETR is the largest grassroots movement for Special Olympics internationally.  In 2017, LETR agencies from around the world raised over $55 million for the athletes of Special Olympics!  In Idaho, LETR raised close to $150,000 for Special Olympics Idaho.

The LETR International Conference provides attendees an opportunity to see a broader picture of individual accomplishments and efforts in support of this amazing global movement.  New friendships, increased knowledge, greater awareness, and enhanced resource opportunities are just a few benefits for those attending the annual conference.

The Idaho LETR attendees came back with renewed passion for the mission of Special Olympics and with many new ideas on how to raise more funds and awareness for Idaho children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics programs.

Story published: 11/21/2018
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