Category: Final Leg

Plane Pull Spotlight: Couples that Plane Pull Together, Stay Together

Alvin Durham and his wife Kristina Durham both work in the police force. Alvin is a Los Angeles police officer, holds the position of honor guard, and is a firearms instructor. Kristina is a LA County Deputy in the sheriff’s department. Their involvement with the Plane Pull and Special Olympics Southern California began at the ...

A Torch Running Pioneer

by Tessa Sechler Many say that people who are runners like it because they get to be alone. Others say that they find friendship in the groups they run with. While she may not have known it at the time, Special Olympics Southern California athlete Laura Cook helped spread the tradition of one the most ...

Officer Highlight: LETR Final Leg

By Jack Sarantos While the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games are a special time and event for the organization and its athletes, the lead up to the games rivals it in thrill and dedication. Every year leading up to the Summer Games, over 1,200 law enforcement officers across the Southern California work together to ...

LAPD Captain Sees ‘Great Honor’ in USA Games Final Leg

Captain Al Labrada of the Los Angeles Police Department sees pride and joy when he watches the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. There's a palpable competitive spirit among the athletes as they "challenge one another," but also an equal respect afterward. Labrada, the Patrol Commanding Officer for the Hollenbeck Area, is gearing up to ...

Final Leg Gets Things Started

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 49th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 9-10 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. However, it will not start without the Flame of Hope, and its journey through roughly 900 ...

Hard Work Brings Torch to Games

For 27 years, Eric Ledesma has been a police officer and in each of those years, he has been involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Now a Lieutenant for the Long Beach Police Department, the LETR Final Leg brings everything full circle for Lt. Ledesma. His participation in the 2017 Torch ...

LETR Final Leg – Day With Central Leg

#WeAreSOSC spent a day with the LETR Final Leg, joining representatives from the Palos Verdes Estes Police Department, Torrance PD, Redondo Beach PD, Hermosa Beach PD, Manhattan Beach PD and El Segundo PD. It was just 20 miles of the nearly 900 the Flame of Hope will travel on its way to being the 2017 ...

Final Leg Continues Tradition

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 29, 2017) – The 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Summer Games will take place June 10-11 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The Opening Ceremony will begin on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. However, it will not start without the Flame of Hope, and its journey ...

Volunteering a ‘Thrill’ For Retired CHP Officer

  For retired California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Blondon, the moments at the medal stand with the Special Olympics Southern California athletes represented “the biggest and best part” of his involvement. But that was just one aspect of a role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that allowed him to volunteer at various events, and ...