Starts 4/16/2024, 08:30 AM
Ends 4/16/2024, 05:00 PM

Time is ticking! Don’t miss out on joining the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office for the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run, supporting Special Olympics of Florida on Tuesday, April 16, 2024!

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office is proudly participating in the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Florida. This monumental event is not just about running; it’s about rallying together as a community to support a cause that truly makes a difference in the lives of many.

The Torch Run kicks off Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 am, at 208 E. Cypress St., Arcadia, FL 34266.

This will mark the beginning of the journey to uphold the values of compassion, inclusivity and support for Special Olympics athletes. Before diving into the specifics of the run, let’s take a moment to understand the history behind the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

In 1981, Wichita, Kansas Police Chief, Richard LaMunyon, established the Torch Run as a means for law enforcement to actively engage with the community and extend their unwavering support to Special Olympics Kansas. Two years later, Chief LaMunyon presented this noble initiative to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), who wholeheartedly endorsed the Torch Run, which became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization” of the movement.

Since then, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has developed into the largest public awareness and fundraising platform for Special Olympics, with over 97,000 law enforcement members carrying the symbolic “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame of courage and the celebration of diversity unites communities worldwide with our Special Olympics athletes.

It is heartening to note that 87 cents of every dollar donated directly contributes to Special Olympics programs, underscoring the efficiency and impact of the collective efforts. Since its inception, the Torch Run has raised over $600 million, empowering Special Olympics to continue its invaluable work.

As we gear up for the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run, I extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to participate in this uplifting event. By purchasing a commemorative shirt for $20, you not only show your support but also become an essential part of a movement that champions inclusivity and empowerment.

For those interested in joining us or extending their support, please reach out to Major Andrew Proudfit at [email protected] or call 863-491-6716.