Special Olympics Illinois
The Police Department is proud to be teamed up with Special Olympics Illinois. Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. One of the major Special Olympics Illinois events that the Police Department is honored to be involved with is the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement that benefits Special Olympics Illinois that culminates with the Illinois Summer Games in June. Since 1986, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $55 million while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. A few other fund-raising events that the Police Department routinely participates in are the Culver’s Butter Burgers and Badges, the Dunkin’ Cop on Rooftop, and the Polar Plunge.