Community Involvement

Special Olympics Torch Run resolution

Secretary signs resolution supporting Special Olympics

WHEREAS, the Special Olympics supports nearly 200 million adults and children with intellectual disabilities, and

WHEREAS, athletes and volunteer officers run the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions as well as state and national games, and

WHERAS, the Special Olympics yearly serves more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries, and more than 85,000 law enforcement officers participate in the Special Olympics world-wide, and

WHEREAS, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to involve law enforcement with their communities and Special Olympics, and

WHEREAS, since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run has become a global event, in which all 50 states and more than 46 countries participate, and

WHEREAS, more than 3,000 law enforcement personnel from Federal, Military, State, County and local agencies participate in California Torch Run events, and

WHEREAS, CDCR staff participate in annual Law Enforcement Torch Run activities, and the Agency supports population-led fundraising contributions, and recognizes the positive impacts the combined contributions have on individuals and families with intellectual disabilities.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Secretary Kathleen Allison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, encourages ongoing support through locally coordinated activities at institutions, headquarters-sponsored events and the annual Our Promise Campaign to support the Special Olympics for years to come.

Kathleen Allison, Secretary, CDCR

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