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CMPD and Special Olympics of North Carolina

Every year law enforcement agencies across the country lace up their running shoes, take a deep breath, and set out on a journey of pride and compassion.  We call it the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, but the actual running isn't the half of it.  There is so much more.  And then someā€¦

            Special Olympics started in 1968 in Chicago with a range of track and field competitions for people challenged by mental retardation.  Since 1968 the competitions have expanded and each state in the U.S. has its own chapter of Special Olympics.  Special Olympics of North Carolina has a long tradition of being a model chapter for both its organization and commitment to the athletes and their families.  This is due in large part to the earnest effort put forth by law enforcement agencies across the state dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the athletes.

  I became involved with Special Olympics of North Carolina in 1998, mostly because I was walking down a hallway at exactly the same time a representative was being sought for the David-1 patrol district.  I haven't walked down that same hallway since but I'm glad I made the trip that day.  Since then I've been involved with CMPD's leg of the Torch Run through Charlotte , numerous fundraising events, and volunteering at the games here in North Carolina . The good fortune that allowed me to become a part of Special Olympics will always be a benchmark in my personal maturing process.  It has also given me the opportunity to befriend some truly inspiring athletes and their families.

Here in Charlotte we have a lot of fun while raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.  We have a golf tournament, we're putting a "cop on top" of local Chick-Fil-As, we're being celebrity waiters and waitresses at area Sonny's BBQs, and we're delving into duathlons and bike tours.  We are also selling Torch Run t-shirts and baseball caps.  A listing of all of our events for this year is included with the respective coordinator for each event indicated.  The group of representatives from the CMPD working for the good of Special Olympics this year is impressive.  They have lots of energy and infinite imagination.  This is bound to be our best year ever.