Law enforcement raising funds for Special Olympics

July 23, 2020

TRIBUNE PHOTO BY CJ BAKER

While the 2020 Special Olympics Wyoming State Summer Games were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, law enforcement agencies around the state have continued to support the organization.

From May 15 through last week, agencies participated in the “Wyoming Virtual Torch Run 2020” to benefit Special Olympics Wyoming.

“Unfortunately for our athletes the Summer Games were canceled in 2020,” said Powell Police Officer Matt Koritnik, “but our law enforcement hasn’t stopped our efforts to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Wyoming.”

Law enforcement personnel, Special Olympics athletes, family and friends were encouraged to participate by walking or running outside or on a treadmill, exercising on an elliptical or cycling. As part of the efforts, Koritnik helped lead a group down Bent Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The goal of the virtual torch run is to engage more officers and athletes, reach 2,020 miles and raise $20,200. As of last week, officers, athletes and community members had completed over 4,200 miles and raised over $6,000 for Special Olympics Wyoming.

The nonprofit organization provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, or to support the cause, visit www.SpecialOlympicsWY.org/LETR.