Dec 20 - South Central Bocce Invitational
Jan 12 - State Winter Games
Jan 13 - State Winter Games
Jan 14 - State Winter Games
Jan 15 - Southwest Area Basketball Skills
Jan 17 - East Central Area Basketball Skills
Jan 20 - North Area Basketball Skills
Jan 24 - East Area Basketball Skills
Jan 24 - South Central Area Basketball Skills
Jan 24 - Northwest Area Basketball Skills
Jan 28 - Coaches Training Clinic - Des Moines
Jan 31 - West Central Area Basketball Skills
Special Olympics Iowa State Flag Football Tournament is Oct. 4 in Cedar Rapids
Sponsored by Orkin and hosted in conjunction with the Cedar Rapids Park and Recreation department
Buena Vista University Unified Sports Day is Sept. 18 in Storm Lake
Second annual event bring together 71 SOIA athletes and 89 BVU students
Record number of athletes compete at Sept. 10 Unified Golf Tournament for Special Olympics in Muscatine
Sponsors include Principal Financial Group and Muscatine Y
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The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon conceived the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics Kansas.  After three years of successful Torch Runs in Kansas, LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  With IACP’s enthusiastic support and leadership, as well as the involvement of all facets of the law enforcement community - sheriff’s associations, police unions, state, county, municipal, military and federal law enforcement, and corrections officers – the Torch Run is now active in 46 countries, involves more than 142,000 law enforcement participants and has raised more than $461 million for the Special Olympics movement.

The LETR began in 1987 in Iowa and has evolved into the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa.  In Iowa, events include our Final Leg Run, which kicks off the State Summer Games in May; statewide Polar Plunges, Cop on Tops, Tip a Cops, T-shirt sales, Truck Convoy, Car Show, Dance and Auction, and more.

 Torch Run Facts

  • The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is held in 50 states and in 46 countries and raised over $46.3 million in 2012. The original Torch Run began 32 years ago in Kansas as a vision of Chief Richard LaMunyon who wanted to give his officers an opportunity to participate in something positive.
  • The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 100 agencies and 1,500 officers work year-round in Iowa to accomplish this goal. The LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics Iowa.
  • At its most basic level, the LETR is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope® to the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics local competitions and state Games. 
  • Overall, the LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles.  Special events like Polar Plunges®, Cop on Top®, Tip A Cop®, a Truck Convoy and more. Additional funding comes from the sale of Torch Run t-shirts that feature a new design each year. Sponsors and corporate donations help round out these fundraising efforts.
  • In 2013, the Iowa LETR raised more than $600,000.00 for Special Olympics Iowa. All funds raised help support Special Olympics Iowa's year-round sports training and athletic competition.
  • State sponsorships are available for companies and organizations seeking to partner with law enforcement to help Special Olympics Iowa.

Guardians of the Flame Newsletter 

Guardians of the Flame is the monthly newsletter for Iowa's Law Enforcement Torch Run.  This publication highlights events occuring throughout the state and features ideas for new fundraising opportunities in your area.  If you would like to start receiving Guardians of the Flame by email, please subscribe by contacting Lindsay 515-986-5520 or leastin@soiowa.org.

LETR Participating Departments
1st Judicial District DCI Iowa State Penitentiary Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office
2nd Judicial District Des Moines Police Department ISU Police Department Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
7th Judicial District Dickinson County Sheriffs Office Jasper County Sheriff's Office Scott County Conservation
8th Judicial District DNR Johnson County Sheriff's Office Scott County Attorney's Office
Altoona Police Department DOC Central Office Johnston Police Department Scott County Sheriff's Office
Ames Police Department DOT-MVE Knoxville Police Department Scranton Fire Department
Anamosa State Penitentiary Dubuque County Sheriff's Office Lee County Sheriff's Office Sioux City Fire Department
Ankeny Police Department Dubuque Police Department Linn County Sheriff's Office Sioux City Police Department
Bettendorf Police Department Early Police Department Marion County Sheriff's Office Spencer Police Department
Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Marshall County Sheriff's Office Spirit Lake Police Department
Cedar Rapids Police Department Fort Dodge Police Department Marshalltown Police Department Story County Sheriff's Office
Cedar Falls Police Department Fort Madison Police Department Mt Pleasant Correctional Facility U of I Police Department
Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Office Grinnell Police Department Muscatine County Sheriff's Office Urbandale Police Department
Clarinda Treatment Center Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Muscatine Police Department Warren County Sheriff's Office
Clay County Conservation Harlan Police Department Newton Correctional Facility Waterloo Police Department
Clive Police Department  ICIW Newton Police Department Webster City Police Department
Coralville Police Department Humboldt Police Department North Central Correctional Facility Webster County Conservation
Council Bluffs Police Department IMCC Norwalk Police Department Webster County Police Department
Dallas Center Police Department Indianola Fire Department Pella Police Department West Des Moines Police Department
Dallas County Sheriffs Office Indianola Police Department Polk City Fire Department Windsor Heights Police Department
Davenport Fire Department Iowa CIty Police Department Polk County Attorney's Office Woodbury County Sheriff's Office
Davenport Police Department  Iowa State Patrol  Polk County Sheriff's Office  

Thank you to all of the participating departments! 

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