Special Olympics

North Carolina Torch Run

The Huntersville Police Department has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics North Carolina since 1997, when they began their involvement by participating in the Law Enforcement’s “Torch Run.” The Law Enforcement "Torch Run" campaign to benefit the Special Olympics began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas and is the largest grass-roots fundraising movement for Special Olympics. The "Torch Run" is run by Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, support staff, police volunteers and other law enforcement professionals from around the world. Currently, close to 90,000 police professionals in over 35 countries participate in this worldwide effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement "Torch Run" is used to define all of the special events and fundraising activities that law enforcement conducts to contribute to this campaign.

Fund Raising Events

Each year the Huntersville Police Department volunteers work together planning events that encourage the community to become involved with Special Olympics. Some of the events have included:

  • The annual golf tournament
  • Carrabba’s Luncheon
  • Charity Lock-Up
  • Cop-On-Top
  • Sale of Friends and Family Cookbook
  • Polar Plunge

Through these efforts, the Huntersville Police Department has raised over $400,000 for SONC. All officers and civilians of the Huntersville Police Department volunteer during their off-duty time to participate in these events to help make them successful.

"Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Special Olympics Athlete's Oath