Launch of SC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Board announced that $780,000 was raised during fundraising efforts in 2021 for the Special Olympics.

Agents across South Carolina had to find creative ways to raise funds due to the pandemic, but were able to raise funds through Polar Plunges and rooftop seating.

Law enforcement also spent the year serving as volunteers and coaches for Special Olympics sports programs. According to SCLETR, there are currently more than 90 law enforcement agencies involved, and officers serve as guardians of the “Flame of Hope,” where they are dedicated to organizing.

All funds raised in South Carolina through the LETR directly support athlete opportunities.

“It’s good. It’s one of those things – it never fails. You do anything with Special Olympics athletes, they’re the happiest group of people there is,” said Jonathan Calore , assistant, chief enforcement officer of the SC Forestry Commission.

LETR began in 1981 as a race and has grown into an international program with a mission to raise awareness and fund Special Olympics programs.

Officers involved with SLETR serve as stewards of the “Flame of Hope” and are dedicated to the goal of supporting Special Olympics athletes in South Carolina.

Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round athletic training and competition to 31,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

26 Olympic-type sports are available and more than 500 competitions are held each year.

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