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Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics Wisconsin

Polar Plunge Fact Sheet

Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR Fact Sheet

Volunteer of the Year Form

What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?

For those of you who have never been involved, you don't know what you're missing! The LETR is a global movement and was founded in 1981. In Wisconsin, events are held year-round and include our Final Leg Run, which kicks off the State Summer Games each June, our twelve statewide Polar Plunge® winter fundraisers, Tip-A-Cop® events; motorcycle rides, raffles, other miscellaneous events, the World's Largest Truck Convoy® for Special Olympics Wisconsin and Over The Edge events.

The Torch Run is held in all 50 United States, 12 Canadian provinces and territories, and 40 nations, and involves more than 85,000 law enforcement participants from all over the world. In 2011, this international program raised more than $42 million to support Special Olympics.

In 1986, compassion, joy and hope ignited a movement among law enforcement to spread awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities. That eternal flame burns with even more vigor today as Special Olympics Wisconsin celebrates the 27th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. In 2012, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised over $2.4 million with 1,000 registered participants representing 170 law enforcement agencies.


The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Wisconsin is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics is a program which daily reaffirms our belief that with hope and dedication we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. It is our belief that persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large there are no limits to human potential or the human spirit.

Questions contact Bari Bates at

First Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run, Dale Brunner passes.

It is with great sadness that we share that Retired Sergeant Dale Brunner, of the Milwaukee Police Department and first director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Dale was instrumental in starting the LETR in Wisconsin and served as the Director from 1986 through 1999. In 1999 the Wisconsin LETR Dale Brunner Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the program. It is an honor bestowed upon those participants who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in their efforts to enhance the Torch Run in its support of the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Dale ignited a spark among law enforcement officers to spread awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities across the state and raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. As Guardians of the Flame® it is our duty to keep that eternal flame burning in Dale’s honor.

Law Enforcment Torch Run Officer Spotlight
John Fischer

For more than 20 years, retired Officer John Fischer of the New Berlin Police Department has dedicated his time to the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) cause. Through his involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) and the Polar Plunge, Fischer has demonstrated a true passion for SOWI.


Legacy of Hope

For more than 30 years, you have tirelessly carried the Flame of Hope to show the world your support of people with intellectual disabilities. Now help us keep the torch burning for the next generation of Special Olympics athletes. Consider including us in your estate plan and leave a legacy of acceptance, inclusion and empowerment for years to come. Click here to learn more.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame

In 1999 Special Olympics Wisconsin created the Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame award, named after Wisconsin’s first Torch Run director. This award was created to recognize Wisconsin’s outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of Wisconsin’s Torch Run. It is an honor bestowed on those participants who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in their efforts to enhance the Torch Run and its support of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s mission.

2014 Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Nomination Form


  • 1999
    • The Onalaska Police Department & Chief Randy Williams
  • 2000
    • Doug Rosemeyer, Presented Posthumously
  • 2001
    • James Briggs, Retired, Marinette County Sheriffs Department
    • John Charewicz, Portage County Sheriffs Department
  • 2002
    • John Boyer, Retired, Oneida County Sheriffs Department
    • Jason Plaza, Marathon County Sheriffs Department
  • 2003
    • Andrew Garcia, Retired, Madison Police Department
  • 2004
    • John Fischer, Retired, New Berlin Police Department
    • Gerry Flunker, Appleton Police Department
  • 2005
    • Lisa Walter, UW-Stout Police Department
    • Julie Buedding, Special Olympics Wisconsin
  • 2006
    • Richard LaMunyon, Honorary Induction, Founder Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, Kansas
    • Colleen Handrick, Rothschild Police Department
    • John Graham, Retired, Fond du Lac Police Department
    • Ray Merlin, Kenosha County Sheriffs Department
    • Anthony Zblewski, Stevens Point Police Department
  • 2007
    • Peggy Frank, City of Eau Claire
    • Mark Moan, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2008
    • Dan Brauer, Glendale Police Department
    • Tammy Kubisiak, Grand Rapids Police Department
  • 2009
    • Daryl Pries, Cadott Police Department
  • 2010
    • Jenny LeBelle, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
    • Gene Rousseau, Retired, Brown County Sheriff’s Department
    • Michael Teem, Honorary Induction, Raleigh (NC) Police Department
  • 2011
    • Dave Gerber, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
    • Kathy Schult, Milwaukee Police Department
  • 2012
    • Mark Horstmann, Verona Police Department
    • Brian Krueger, Sheboygan Police Department
  • 2013
    • Dennis Alldridge, President & CEO for Special Olympics Wisconsin
    • Investigator Mark Mauthe, City of Menasha Police Department
    • Agent, Jennifer Merlin, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Convoy Fact Sheet

2014 Convoy Marshal Application

Special Olympics Wisconsin will celebrate the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and E.H. Wolf & Sons, Inc. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 to raise money for our nearly 10,000 athletes across the state. In 2013, a total of 136 trucks participated and more than $92,000 was raised! Our goal for 2014 is to have 150 trucks and raise $100,000 for our athletes.

Register Today!

What is the World's Largest Truck Convoy

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy® is a national one-day celebration of the trucking industry, its allied partners and law enforcement all working together to help raise money for Special Olympics. In Wisconsin, the Convoy will be escorted by law enforcement to the EAA grounds for a celebration recognizing truckers and the support of the trucking industry. It is our way of saying thank you for your commitment to Special Olympics athletes and for keeping America moving!

What type of trucks can participate?

Trucks welcome in the Convoy include semi-trucks, truck/trailer combinations, fire trucks, dump trucks, flat beds, buses, large tow trucks, large box trucks, etc. All trucks must be 10,000 lb GVW or larger. Hazardous materials (bobtail OK) or trucks with alcohol/tobacco names or logos are not permitted.

Over the Edge

Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics

Boldly go where few have gone before. Grab a “buddy” or go solo while rappelling down the side of Lambeau Field on August 9, while supporting Special Olympics!

To get started, secure your spot by registering today, and start raising funds. You will create a fundraising page where friends and family can live vicariously through you with their donations.

You need only to fundraise a $1,000 to experience this thrilling event. Or, do a “Buddy Rappel” by simply raising a combined $1,500 with a friend, and the two of you can rappel side-by-side. Lastly, you can enjoy the ultimate fan experience by raising $1,500 to rappel down both Miller Park and Lambeau Field!

Once you sign up, we’ll give you plenty of tips and tricks for raising the funds like asking 50 friends to donate $20. It will be a piece of cake, we promise.

On rappel day, you’ll practice and train with professionals from Over the Edge. For the duration of the rappel, you’ll get all the technical assistance you’ll need for a safe and rewarding experience. The only requirement is that you must be at least 18 years old on the day of the event and weigh between 110 and 300 pounds.

The money you raise will support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in approximately 200 communities across Wisconsin.

There are only a limited number of spots available, so don’t delay. Claim yours today!



Capers provide planned community events that raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Region while enhancing the spirit of volunteerism and fellowship.

What is Capers?

Capers is a partnership of companies that meet year-round to plan, implement, and compete in a series of sporting events. Member companies each field teams of 20-100 employees, family members and friends to participate. Special Olympic athletes serve as Honorary Head Coaches and compete along side the corporate participants. Competition among the Capers companies is both fierce and friendly. Top finishers in each event receive medals, and the corporation accumulating the most points at the end of all Capers events receives an impressive traveling trophy at the Capers Day Closing Ceremony which includes a video presentation of the Capers highlights. Capers are unusual because it is planned, organized, and implemented by representatives from each Capers Company who meet monthly as a Steering Committee from September to May. Additional company representatives serve on event sub-committees and helping in the planning and recruitment within their individual companies for each event.

2014 Events

CAPERS BOWLING - Register Online
Saturday, March 29, 2014
AMF West Lanes – Milwaukee, WI

Friday, May 2, 2014
Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex – Brookfield, WI

CAPERS GOLF OPEN - Register Online
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Geneva National Golf Club – Lake Geneva, WI

***Special Room Rate***
Rate for Geneva Ridge Resort – $99 Click on “Stay” to view the rooms available. Rooms can be booked by calling (262) 245-7000. Be sure to mention Special Olympics at time of booking.
***Coming in early? Golf Monday too!***
$69 for Capers golfers that golf the day before the outing. Call Geneva National at (262) 245-7000 to make your tee time.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Lafollette Park – 9418 W. Washington St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

- The largest of the multiple Capers events is the signature event, at which corporate teams compete in a variety of athletic and non-athletic events including Softball, Bocce Ball, Croquet, and Bingo, among others. Points are awarded in each event. A traveling trophy is presented during Closing Ceremony to the company accumulating the most points.

What companies are involved?

AT&T, American Family Insurance, Eaton Corporation, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, Wells Fargo, and We Energies.

What are the benefits to the participating companies?

Goodwill and company spirit are generated through friendly competition as well as sense of accomplishment in setting and exceeding goals. Each company benefits from the partnership with Special Olympics, rated the nation's #1 most credible charity. It's a tremendous opportunity to enhance corporate image, strengthen camaraderie among employees, promote volunteerism, and celebrate corporate and community values.

Who benefits?

Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Region – serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties - has been the designated beneficiary of funds raised by Capers since 1985. Since 1985 Capers has raised over 1.8 million dollars for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Area serves over 2,200 athletes. Capers is the largest single source of revenue for the Special Olympics in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Funds are raised through multiple sources - member company's sponsor fees ($700), event auctions, t-shirt sales, event participation fees and pledges, concessions and golf outing fees.

September 2014
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Athlete/Board Member, Martha Hill, to Attend Clinton Global initiative.
2014-09-18 12:30:12 - By: Christina Harris
When Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete and board member, Martha Hill, started running as part of SO FIT!, she never imagined her jaunts would take her to New York City to rub shoulders with presidents and celebrities at the 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative on September 21-24.
Leadership Forums are Coming to a Town Near You!
2014-09-10 10:47:52 - By: Christina Harris
The purpose of the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Leadership Forums are to celebrate our current and new leaders and provide educational opportunities for all stakeholders to learn about other SOWI programs and new resources as well as provide a time to network. Leadership Forums will count toward SOWI coach re-certification.
Join us for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy on September 20!
2014-08-19 12:50:06 - By: Andrew Klossner
On behalf of Special Olympics Wisconsin and the World’s Largest Truck Convoy planning committee, we are excited to announce our Convoy Marshals for 2014: PJ Lynch and Jerry Halboth!

PJ has been involved with Special Olympics Wisconsin for 25 years! He recently played for Team Wisconsin at USA Games in New Jersey, as part of our aquatics team. PJ also serves as an athlete-as-coach for basketball, and is on the planning committee for the Outdoor Sports Tournament.
More than $170,000 Raised at Over the Edge
2014-08-19 09:29:51 - By: Andrew Klossner
More than 140 cause conscious thrill seekers raised more than $170,000 by rappelling Over the Edge of Miller Park on July 19 and Lambeau Field on August 9.
First Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run, Dale Brunner passes.
2014-08-14 11:50:06 - By: Andrew Klossner
It is with great sadness that we share that Retired Sergeant Dale Brunner, of the Milwaukee Police Department and first director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Outdoor Sports Tournament Special Story
2014-08-14 10:21:25 - By: Andrew Klossner
After years of competing in Special Olympics bowling, softball and basketball, 31-year-old Ike Walters decided it was time to take a swing at golf. He not only learned how to hit a drive, he scored a new friend in his partner, Steve Vitale.
Special Olympics Athlete Scores Free Dental Care
2014-07-16 14:28:00 - By: Christina Harris
Richard Green, a 31-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Marshfield, Wisconsin, feels at home on the field. But, when he started to experience discomfort in his tooth, it was difficult to focus on anything but the pain.
A Toothy Smile
2014-07-16 14:26:15 - By: Christina Harris
Like many of us, 19-year-old Josh Stankey grinds his teeth. But for Josh, this habit wore down his front tooth so much, it chipped. But, when Josh and his mother sought out a dentist, they couldn't find any who would accept medical assistance.
The Larabee Family
2014-07-07 11:01:27 - By: Christina Harris
1. Watching the athletes interact with each other, compete, and have fun! 2. Meeting, hanging out with, or getting to know other families from around the country, Wisconsin, and those on our bowling team. 3. Watching our son bowl his personal best, a 213.
A Family that Leaps Together, Stays Together
2014-07-02 14:32:58 - By: Christina Harris
Every summer for the past four years Paul Baniel, CFO of the Packers, has strapped on a harness and rappelled Over the Edge of Lambeau Field to raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin. This July, his children will follow in his footsteps.
Athletes Kick Off the Outdoor Sports Tournament with Free Foot Screenings
2014-07-02 14:30:26 - By: Christina Harris
Dozens of medical professionals will volunteer to give athletes free podiatry screenings at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® at the State Outdoor Sports Tournament in Waukesha on Saturday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fit Feet screenings examine the athlete’s foot, their walking pattern and check their shoe size.
Team Wisconsin Triumphs at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games!
2014-07-02 14:26:26 - By: Christina Harris
Every one of our 62 Team Wisconsin athletes won a medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21! The delegation brought home a total of 132 medals and set 54 personal best performances.
Fans Wanted!
2014-07-02 13:58:35 - By: Christina Harris
Fans wanted! Rally your friends, family and colleagues to cheer on Special Olympics athletes at the State Outdoor Sports Tournament August 1-3 in Waukesha. Catch the action at Carroll University, Moor Downs Golf Course and Saratoga Softball Complex.
More than 300 Volunteers Needed at the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Outdoor Sports Tournament hosted in Waukesha!
2014-07-02 13:44:37 - By: Christina Harris
More than 800 athletes will travel across Wisconsin to go for the gold at the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) State Outdoor Sports Tournament hosted in Waukesha on Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. Bocce and tennis competitions will take place at Carroll University, golf will take place at the Moor Downs Golf Course, and softball competitions will be hosted at both Saratoga Softball Complex and Kilgour Field at Carroll University.
Special Olympics Partners with Brewers and Packers for once-in-a-lifetime Experience at Miller Park and Lambeau Field!
2014-07-02 13:44:26 - By: Christina Harris
Cause-conscious thrill seekers will take part in an urban adventure this summer by rappelling down legendary Miller Park on Saturday, July 19 and Lambeau Field on Saturday, August 9!

Contact Us

Special Olympics Wisconsin
2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718

Send Us a Message
Phone: (608) 222-1324
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities