Welcome Sheriff Dempsey, 2018 Torch Run Chair

Sheriff Steve Dempsey of King George County has been selected to serve as the Chair of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law Enforcement in Virginia have served as guardians of the Flame of Hope for more than 33 years; all the while raising funds and awareness to support Special Olympics athletes.


“I am humbled and honored to serve as the Torch Run Chair this coming year,” said Sheriff Dempsey. “Together we can achieve great things to benefit these wonderful athletes in all of our communities."


Under the direction of Chief McCoy of the University of Richmond Police Department, the 2017 Torch Run raised more than $1.3 million dollars. Sheriff Dempsey has set the 2018 goal at $1.5 million. Funds raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run help more than 21,000 athletes in Virginia escape social isolation and get in the game.



Special Agent Gallemore to Represent VA in USA Games Final Leg

Before competition begins at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle next July, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” and escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Washington state. Special Agent Stephanie Gallemore with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is among those who will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.


From June 27 through July 1, the Final Leg team will conduct multiple runs and ceremonies in cities, towns and communities across Washington state to raise awareness for Special Olympics and generate excitement for the 2018 USA Games. The Final Leg culminates on July 1 when the team escorts the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony at Husky Stadium at the University of Washington in Seattle.


For more information, visit http://www.letr-finalleg.org/. The schedule of events and ceremonies will be announced in Spring 2018.


Back to School Tips & Donations at Wawa

Law Enforcement volunteers from 9 agencies (University of Richmond Police Department, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Portsmouth Police Department, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Colonial Heights Police Department) traded Back to School Safety messages and words of gratitude for Cover the Cruiser donations for Special Olympics during the 7th annual Wawa With the Law Week held statewide August 28 – September 1. Heaving rains and flooding prevented a few agencies from participating as planned, but this year’s campaign total still exceeded $13,000 from 13 Cover the Cruiser locations. We think that’s Wawa-wonderful!!

Congratulations to Tina Koontz from Aylett, who won the 2017 Harley Davidson raffle. The ticket was sold by Kaitlyn G. of Richmond Harley.

Congratulations to Jerald Helbert from Blountville, Tennessee, who won the 2017 Indian Scout Motorcycle raffle. The winning ticket, #0495, was sold July 4 in Bristol. 


Looking for Torch Run Events? 

We've moved all Torch Run calendar listings to our Special Olympics Virginia calendar, which also includes details on many other ways to get involved in our program. Check it out at www.specialolympicsva.org/calendar.

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