Local Sheriff’s Office Receives Special Olympics Award


The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office has been chosen as the recipient of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Champions Award, granted by Special Olympics Kansas.

Woodland Hills Golf Course, 2414 S. Horton, Fort Scott.

“The presentation will be at Woodland Hills Golf Course at 1 pm on November 16th,” Erin Fletcher, Director of Grants and Development at Special Olympics Kansas,  said. “Ben Cole and Steve Anthony will accept the award for their outreach during the year and fundraising at the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office Golf Scramble.”

This award is given to members of the LETR community that have gone above and beyond to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Kansas. Only one award is given out yearly throughout the entire state of Kansas.

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office also won the Southeast Kansas Regional Organization of the Year in 2020.

“This award recognizes all the hard work, dedication, commitment, and care they have provided for the Law Enforcement Torch Run and our Kansas Athletes,” said Fletcher.  “This continued commitment to improving the quality of life for all athletes is greatly appreciated and we are thrilled to honor them with the Law Enforcement Torch Run of Kansas Champions Award.”

Among other fundraisers, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office recently raised over $32,000 from their Bourbon County Golf Scramble held in July 2021.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs, and leadership development. SOKS is a non-profit organization supported almost entirely by corporate and individual gifts, and events. The generosity of Kansas organizations, individuals, and statewide businesses enable the program to continue.

ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN (LETR) The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 with founder Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon and five law enforcement officers carrying the torch for the Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games in Wichita. The LETR has since evolved to a volunteer partnership with Special Olympics to champion acceptance and inclusion. It has become a worldwide community of law enforcement officers rallying to support Special Olympics, the impetus for millions of new friendships around the world, and a series of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge fundraisers, and Tip-A-Cop® events. The LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics with more than 100,000 law enforcement participants around the world. Visit LETR.org for more information. www.facebook.com/specialolympicskansas www.flickr.com/specialolympicskansas Twitter @sokansas Instagram @sokansas ###

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