Category: LETR

LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow

Volunteer Spotlight: Deputy Chief Blake Chow Was A Veteran Volunteer For Special Olympics Long Before Becoming An Officer

By Melanie Barrios Deputy Chief Blake Chow has been in law enforcement for an impressive 31 years. Being in law enforcement has given him different opportunities to interact with the community and make a difference in someone’s life., but Chow was already making a difference long before becoming an officer.   Deputy Chief Chow has ...

Athlete Michael Leon to Represent SOSC at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Florida. Law enforcement officers along with Special Olympics athletes will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for ...

Michael Zabarsky to Represent SOSC LETR at the 2022 USA Games Torch Run Final Leg

Before competition begins in June at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, an elite group of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes will escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Florida. Law enforcement officers along with Special Olympics athletes will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for ...

Kim Unland

Captain Kim Unland Retires After 33 Years

Captain Kimberly Unland of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is retiring after 33 years of service. Captain Unland has served Special Olympics Southern California and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Council in exemplary fashion for more than a decade. She was first named to the LETR Council in 2010 after serving as a key ...

LETR Spotlight: Chief Thomas E. Gazsi

Chief Gazsi started his career with the Los Angeles Port Police, hired as Deputy Chief to oversee Emergency Management Operations in 2014. In 2015, Gazsi was moved to an acting role and eventually appointed to Los Angeles Port Police Chief later that same year. In 2017, Chief Gazsi, gave Officer Stacey Creech the endorsement to ...

plungers splash into cold water of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Polar Plunge Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Hundreds of people are expected to plunge into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California athletes in Inland Empire during the 10th annual Big Bear Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 2.  Over the past nine years, thousands of people were freezin’ for a reason and raised more than ...

Marco Martinez is Team UCLA for the Virtual We Run The City

Run into Marco Martinez often enough and more than likely he’ll be decked out in a UCLA sweater, a hat or some other branded attire. He has an evident passion for its teams when the conversation steers that way, often by his own enthusiasm and sometimes with an accompanying 8 clap. Marco, a Special Olympics ...

National Volunteer Week: Officer Nick Sanchez

Special Olympics Southern California competitions are only part of the fun for Santa Maria Police officer Nick Sanchez.

INSIDE SOSC: Spring Gets Going

Editor’s note: This post has been updated as of April 3 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dream House Raffle The first early-bird deadline for the annual Dream House Raffle is March 13. In addition to the grand prize drawing, tickets purchased prior to the deadline will be entered for a chance to ...

2020 Guardian Bowl: Fundraiser Postponed

Editor's note: This post has been updated as of March 12 amid growing concern of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Guardian Bowl, originally scheduled for March 14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, has been postponed. We will provide an update on the new date for the event by April 3. Read the full, official ...

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