We are proud to partner with our friends from the Wawa Foundation to honor Everyday Heroes and to improve the health of our athletes in Virginia. In late 2015, Wawa joined SunTrust and Enterprise as a major sponsor of our Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative in Virginia. In addition to supporting the guardians of the flame, Wawa also supports Polar Plunge events in several states (including our Virginia Beach plunge) and conducts an annual in-store fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics champions of all abilities.



Summer Edition of The Guardian 

The Summer edition of The Guardian, the newsletter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Executive Council, can be found here. Topics include Hawaii and Oklahoma's Polar Plunges, and Torch Run efforts in Lithuania.




Kids & K9 Officers: From Wawa Encounter to Frigid Adventure

Recently, young Ryann accompanied her mom on a quick convenience store run to her local Wawa. When Ryann saw Officer Walter "Puddin" Stone and Officer Fred Bates inside the store, she immediately asked them if they were going to take the plunge for Special Olympics. They had not yet heard about the opportunity, but agreed to join Ryann and her fellow "Daisies" teammates from St. Catherine's School.


Most people leave Wawa with a full tank of gas and some hot coffee. On that day, Ryann left with a promise from her new friends. On February 27, the two officers made good on their promise by taking Ryann's hand and jumping into some very icy water. Together, the Daisies managed to raise more than $2,000. Overall, the event raised in excess of $58,000 for Special Olympics Virginia and the expansion of Unified Schools programs throughout Central Virginia.



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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