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Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics Wisconsin



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Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR Fact Sheet

LETR Final Leg Registration

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.

Mission

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.

Fox Sports Wisconsin challenges you to sell Just One More Torch Run T-shirt!

New this year, the top three Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) participants who sell the most T-shirts will earn a once-in-a-lifetime experience courtesy of FOX Sports Wisconsin!
  • The winner will receive 6 Brewers tickets, a FOX Sports Wisconsin Prize Pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of Miller Park.
  • The runner-up winner will receive 4 Brewers tickets and a FOX Sports Wisconsin Prize Pack.
  • The third place winner will receive 2 Brewers tickets and a FOX Sports Wisconsin Prize Pack.

Contest runs until May 30, 2014 and money must be turned into your Regional Special Olympics Wisconsin office by this date. Click here for details and to learn how you can register as an LETR Participant.

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.

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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

Inductees

  • 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 held the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics on Saturday, September 21st to raise money for our nearly 10,000 athletes across the state. A total of 136 trucks participated and more than $91,000 was raised! Special thanks to our hosts: Pioneer Travel Plaza and EAA and our celebrity guest Edgar Hansen of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, sponsored by E.H. Wolf & Sons, Convoy Platinum Partner.

Mark your calendars for our 10th Anniversary Convoy on Saturday, September 20, 2014!

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

OTE Fact Sheet

Here’s a chance to rappel down or send someone you know rappelling down a tall building. All for a great cause - Special Olympics Wisconsin - a wonderful organization that touches so many lives throughout our state.


Capers

Purpose:

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


CAPERS SOCCER TOURNAMENT
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 Inns of Geneva (on property) and Geneva Ridge Resort – $99. http://www.genevanationalresort.com/ Click on “Stay” to view the rooms available. Rooms can be booked by calling (262) 245-7000. Be sure to mention Capers Golf Outing 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.

CAPERS DAY
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.

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Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Dustin Scott
2014-04-21 14:37:01 - By: Andrew Klossner
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Dustin Scott of Grafton as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Nathanel Schmidt
2014-04-18 14:39:27 - By: Andrew Klossner
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Nathanel Schmidt of Merrill as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete John Dennis Ryder.
2014-04-17 09:24:56 - By: Andrew Klossner
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected 17-year-old John Dennis Ryder of Whitelaw as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Michael Reynolds
2014-04-14 15:13:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Michael Reynolds of Waupaca as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Cindy Redlich
2014-04-09 08:57:34 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Cindy Redlich of Hartland as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Olivia Quigley
2014-04-09 08:57:26 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Olivia Quigley of Elm Grove as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Adam Hale’s Journey from Athlete to Coach
2014-04-08 12:09:14 - By: Andrew Klossner
Adam Hale, 27, has participated in Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) sports for more than half his life. In his 15 years with the organization, he has competed in basketball skills, team basketball, athletics (track and field), bowling, and bocce.
Athlete Coach Highlight: Dr. Murray Bernstein
2014-04-08 11:31:57 - By: Andrew Klossner
At 76-years-old, Dr. Murray Bernstein isn’t slowing down. He’s a Waukesha Area Technical College Psychology Professor, the Veteran Quest Clinic’s Clinical Director, and a Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Tennis and Snowshoe Racing Coach.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Melanie Olivo
2014-04-08 09:03:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Melanie Olivo of Ashland as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
The Indoor Sports Tournament (IST) is on as scheduled!
2014-04-04 10:13:14 - By: Andrew Klossner
We are aware of the weather conditions in the northern part of the state. For our northern delegations, please travel safely to Oshkosh! If you feel the weather and driving conditions are too dangerous, please contact Tournament Central (608-520-0840) so we know you are safe at home. We hope everyone makes it safely to the tournament! Best of luck to all of the athletes competing this weekend!
Meet Thomas Mislivecek, Team Wisconsin Athlete
2014-04-03 12:55:53 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Thomas Mislivecek of Viroqua as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Hannah Medo
2014-03-27 09:28:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Hannah Medo of Stevens Point as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Patrick Lynch
2014-03-27 09:27:33 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Patrick Lynch of Milwaukee as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Peter Liu
2014-03-27 09:23:18 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Peter Liu of Madison as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Alberto Larabee
2014-03-26 09:18:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Alberto Larabee of Eau Claire as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.

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
www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org

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