Welcome Sheriff Dempsey, 2018 Torch Run Chair

Sheriff Steve Dempsey of King George County has been selected to serve as the Chair of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law Enforcement in Virginia have served as guardians of the Flame of Hope for more than 33 years; all the while raising funds and awareness to support Special Olympics athletes.


“I am humbled and honored to serve as the Torch Run Chair this coming year,” said Sheriff Dempsey. “Together we can achieve great things to benefit these wonderful athletes in all of our communities."


Under the direction of Chief McCoy of the University of Richmond Police Department, the 2017 Torch Run raised more than $1.3 million dollars. Sheriff Dempsey has set the 2018 goal at $1.5 million. Funds raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run help more than 21,000 athletes in Virginia escape social isolation and get in the game.



Congratulations to Mitchell Whittaker of Reva, who won the 2018 Harley Davidson raffle. 



Back to School Tips & Donations at Wawa

Law Enforcement volunteers from 9 agencies (University of Richmond Police Department, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Portsmouth Police Department, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Colonial Heights Police Department) traded Back to School Safety messages and words of gratitude for Cover the Cruiser donations for Special Olympics during the 7th annual Wawa With the Law Week held statewide August 28 – September 1. Heaving rains and flooding prevented a few agencies from participating as planned, but this year’s campaign total still exceeded $13,000 from 13 Cover the Cruiser locations. We think that’s Wawa-wonderful!

Looking for Torch Run Events? 

We've moved all Torch Run calendar listings to our Special Olympics Virginia calendar, which also includes details on many other ways to get involved in our program. Check it out at www.specialolympicsva.org/calendar.

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