Vehicle promotes fundraiser for Special Olympics Florida athletes
Special Olympics Florida and the Florida Highway Patrol will unveil the new Law Enforcement Torch Run truck on Friday, December 1, at the Special Olympics Florida State Office in Clermont.
The new, 2023 Ford F150 features a one-of-kind, full-body wrap promoting the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the law enforcement community’s long-running, annual campaign to raise money in support of Special Olympics and its athletes. The Florida Highway Patrol and its auxiliary raised the money and secured the sponsorships needed to purchase and customize the vehicle.
The unveiling will take place at 9 am at the Special Olympics Florida State Office at 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont. Representatives from both Special Olympics Florida and Florida law enforcement will be on hand.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraiser supported by law enforcement agencies around the world. In Florida, officers from over 300 local, state, and federal agencies take part, with 5,000 officers carrying the torch on a 1,500-mile relay through 67 counties. The run ends at the opening ceremonies of Special Olympics Florida’s State Summer Games.
Funds are also generated through the sale of the popular Torch Run T-shirts and hats, and through various local fundraising events like Tip-A-Cop where law enforcement personnel volunteer their time as “celebrity waiters” in restaurants. Since its inception in 1981, the LETR has raised more than $1 billion for Special Olympics programs across the globe.
You can support Special Olympics Florida and your local law enforcement agency by taking part in one of the many fun events they hold throughout the year or by buying annual Torch Run commemorative t-shirts or hats. Contact your local law enforcement agency to get yours.
For more information, contact Ken Roop at Special Olympics Florida at 813-508-6905 or at Kenroop@sofl.org.