Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California


  • In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department created the Law Enforcement Torch Run® as a way to involve his officers in the community by running a torch relay for their local Special Olympics.

  • The first Torch Run involved six officers and they raised $300.

  • The Torch Run has grown to include more than 125 runs in 48 nations.
    Since its inception, more than 100,000 law enforcement officers have raised $900 million for the Special Olympics movement worldwide.
  • The 2019 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run involved more than 3,000 officers who proudly carried the Special Olympics Torch more than 1,500 miles and through more than 200 communities.

  • The officers, representing law enforcement agencies throughout the state, collected donations for their participation and are sponsored by civic groups, local businesses and generous friends.

  • The officers also raised more than $1.54 million in 2019 through various special fundraising events. Officers volunteer their time to support their local athletes.

  • All funds raised by law enforcement personnel go to Special Olympics.
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