The Country Club Hills Police Department takes part in helping Special Olympics raise money each year through the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Cop on Top events.
What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run? The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle 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 more than $31 million over 28 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics athletes and their accomplishments. Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination—the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Normal in June.
During The Cop on Top event Illinois police officers stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops around the state to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. One day a year hundreds of police officers covered more than 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2–7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Eighteen Areas across the state manage Special Olympics in local communities. Through training and competition, Special Olympics enhance their physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, and social skills. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Those wishing to donate or for further information can contact Sgt. Brown at 708-798-3191. Information including future event dates can be found online through the Special Olympics Illinois website.