Boulder City Magazine® March 2007 Issue
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department
BCPD Golf Tournament Supports Special Olympics
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the organization’s largest grass-roots fundraiser. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2006, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised over $25.5 million around the world. The Torch Run was born in 1981 by now retired Wichita Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyan.
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|The event, which originally involved only a handful of police officers, has expanded to include more than 85,000 law enforcement employees from 35 nations all committed to raising money and awareness of Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These outstanding athletes, through their involvement in Special Olympics, further develop their physical fitness and motor skills, experience increased self-confidence, and obtain a more positive self-image.
Nevada, like every other state in the nation, has a dedicated group of officers and volunteers that come out in force throughout the year to raise money and support these exceptional athletes. Nevada initiated its involvement with the Torch Run in 1996 by kicking off our first Flame of Hope run which started in Boulder City and ended at Nellis Air Force Base. Public safety professionals throughout Nevada carried the Special Olympic Torch illuminating the importance of Special Olympics to Southern Nevada.
Since that time the Torch has been carried every year and hundreds of thousand of dollars have been raised through much hard work and the generosity of Nevadans. This year, the Boulder City Police Department will be taking a more active role in the fundraising effort. We are proud to offer the first Boulder City Police Department Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Golf Tournament at Boulder Creek. This auspicious event will be held on April 28th with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
While the event’s primary purpose is to raise money for Special Olympics, I encourage everyone in the community to stop by the event to show your support for these outstanding athletes and law enforcement officers throughout Nevada, all of whom are giving of their time and resources. For more information on this event, call 293-9348.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchasebcnv@earthlink.net
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
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