TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run was held Wednesday morning at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 South Kansas Ave.
The Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office supported this year’s Torch Run. The Torch Run gives officers and athletes the opportunity to come together for a cause.
Whether officers volunteer, donate or participate, they support Special Olympics Kansas’ mission to provide people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to be an athlete.
The Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games take place Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 at Maize High School Track, northwest of Wichita. The 2022 Summer Games will include athletics, football, cycling and tennis
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run.
Its goal was to help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police and they endorsed the Torch Run.
It now has 85,000 officers and has raised over $500 million for Special Olympics in 43 countries and has become the movement’s largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.
Prior to the start of the Torch Run, Capitol Federal Bank donated $10,000 to the Kansas Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program.