Tag: 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 ...

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 ...

2022 Special Olympics USA Games Selects Athletes for Final Leg of Multi-State, Two Week Law Enforcement Torch Run

Guardians of the Flame of Hope will carry the iconic torch during the Final Leg leading up to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games taking place in Orlando, Florida, June 5 through 12.

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 ...

Looking Ahead: 2020 Big Bear Polar Plunge

By Christine Baik and Tracy McDannald It’s almost time to pull out those festive costumes and speedos—even if the forecast says otherwise. Special Olympics Southern California’s Big Bear Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, March 7 at Big Bear Lake to help raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. Fundraisers, known as Plungers, often get ...

San Diego Law Enforcement Take Chiefs Challenge

By Marvin Poquiz This past September, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) won the latest Special Olympics San Diego region’s Chiefs Challenge. This means the law enforcement agency earned the right to carry the Flame of Hope in all of the San Diego region’s competitions for the next 12 months. What is the ...

INSIDE SOSC: SoCal, Minnesota Athletes Unify on Football Field

Special Olympics Unified flag football teams from Southern California and Minnesota were treated to quite the NFL experience Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Three hours prior to the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings’ contest, the Unified teams squared off on the gridiron in 5-on-5 action (three athletes and two Unified partners). ...

INSIDE SOSC: The Success Behind Team Wolfpack

By Marvin Poquiz Team Wolfpack is a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Southern California and they made history at the Plane Pull event earlier this year. This group of 25, plus one SOSC athlete, pulled a 124,000-pound plane for 12 feet in just 4.34 seconds, setting a new event record.  Once the Plane Pull event was announced throughout social ...

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