Police raise money for Special Olympics
March 28, 2013 1:06PM
Alsip, Richton Park, Riverdale, South Chicago Heights and Tinley Park officers teamed with Special Olympics athletes for a basketball game to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 1, 2013 1:33PM
The Richton Park Police Department and the South Suburban Special Recreation Association recently hosted a basketball game to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The Richton Park Police Department staff were joined by law enforcement groups from Alsip, Riverdale, Tinley Park and South Chicago Heights. Twelve officers teamed up with 15 Special Olympics athletes from 17 to 45 years old.
The combined teams played a game to help raise money for their group, Leg 9, of the Torch Run. The Leg 9 group is a team of 34 local and federal police agencies in Illinois in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics who will run 90 miles as part of the 1,500-mile run to the opening ceremonies in June in Normal.
“Leg 9 is the No. 1 fundraiser in the state. Illinois is the No. 1 fundraiser in the country and No. 2 in the whole world when it comes to raising funds for Special Olympics,” Officer Jeff Schoeling said.
Schoeling said the fundraiser collected $440 in donations toward the goal of $10,000.
Torch Run hats and shirts are on sale for $15 each at the village hall and police station, 4455 W. Sauk Trail, Richton Park.
The Special Olympics mission page states, “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $28 million over 27 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.”