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Special Olympics

As anyone in Law Enforcement can tell you, the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting Special Olympics is a special event that takes place across the country and around the world culminating in the lighting of the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony of the summer Special Olympic games.  The torch run was begun in Kansas City in 1981 by a police chief who saw a need and was moved to action.  The International Association of Chiefs of Police soon adopted the cause and the torch run has grown to become one of the largest fund raisers for Special Olympics.  Special Olympics provides so much for these athletes and is something that the athletes benefit from year round.  The best way to describe the spirit that I have seen in the athletes is competition with love.  It is rare these days to see a fellow athlete demonstrate caring for his competitors.  This attitude is shown every day across the country in Special Olympics venues. The sports events also become social events for the athletes who look forward to their weekly practices.  I went to a basketball game one night, and although their were sides, the whole place seemed alive with goodwill. The sport had created one big family made up of the athletes and their own families and supporters.
I have had the privilege to run beside some wonderful athletes in local stretches of the Torch Run and to participate in many events that raised funds.  One event that I have always wanted to do but never had the opportunity is the Plane Pull at Dulles International Airport.  This year, the Dulles Day event will occur on September 24, 2011.  If you live in the region, I strongly encourage you to make a day of it and take the family out for a great event that includes much more than the actual plane pull.  I cannot tell you how many times athletes have thanked me for making it possible for Special Olympics to provide these opportunities.
Since I was in contact with Loudoun about their job opening, I asked if their department was participating in the plane pull this year.  I know that in the past, they were one of the strongest teams. The response was yes--if they can raise the funds.  For several years now, the agency has been unable to generate enough interest to gather a team and raise the needed donations.  Because this cause is so close to my heart, I have decided to feature their team site and give this team the opportunity to be featured here.
I ask that you consider making a donation to Special Olympics through their team site.  I know from experience that it is hard to get a group like this up and running once it has fallen by the way side.  The Alarm Administrator for Loudoun County is participating, so if you would like to support your fellow alarm administrator's fundraising efforts, you can do so here.  The cutoff date for donations is September 10th so please take action today. Thank you for your consideration!


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