You may have seen the Fairview Police Department escorting two runners down Fairview Boulevard last Thursday, April 1 around lunch time, and it was no April Fool’s joke. It was actually a serious attempt to raise funds for the Special Olympics.
Manchester City Police Department’s Chief investigator Brandon Tomberlin and Patrol Officer Morgan Myers were carrying the “Flame of Hope” as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (LETR for SO).
According to Tomberlin, “Chief Joe Casey of Nashville got this started and Chief Mark Yother, of Manchester PD, has carried on the tradition.” The challenge is to raise awareness and collect 100 donations from each officer for Special Olympics.
The LETR serves as the Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness campaign in the world, collectively raising over $66 million dollars for Special Olympics last year. Through the LETR program, law enforcement officers worldwide are championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
All the local torch runs are a part of the 2022 Kazan Final Leg Torch Run team in support of the Special Olympics World Winter Games planned in Kazan, Russia on January 8 – 22, 2022. The Final Leg torch runs promote the spirit of the Special Olympics, delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games are among the world’s most prestigious sporting events and are focused on advancing a truly inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities. The 2022 games in Kazan will mark the first such global competition in Russia, and will include over 2,000 athletes from 108 nations and 3,000 volunteers. There will be seven sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floorball, Short Track Speed Skating, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing.
As part of the local Law Enforcement Torch Run team, Tomberlin and Myers are beyond excited to support Special Olympics, the 2022 World Winter Games in Kazan, and the amazing athletes from around the world.
Anyone who would like to donate to Special Olympics can contact MCPD’s Chief Mark Yother or Assistant Chief Adam Floied at 931-728-2099.