RCMP lace up for Special Olympics

Cranbrook RCMP stand beside Special Olympians on Be A Fan Day

Cranbrook RCMP officers laced up their police-issue black boots in red shoelaces with members of the local BC Special Olympics Team on October 25 to celebrate Be a Fan Day at Rotary Park. The detachment was one of 20 across the province that switched out their laces for the cause.

The Cranbrook RCMP detachment laced up to support the Special Olympics Be a Fan Day on October 25 at Rotary Park.

Members of the detachment met with members of the local Special Olympics team in line with the national event being held across the country. Their standard police-issue black boots were a little brighter on Be a Fan Day, as they opted for red Special Olympics laces to show their support.

Be a Fan Day celebrates the 25 years of contributions that the RCMP has given to the Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement. They took time Thursday to celebrate that unique achievement, while wearing their bright red laces in support.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics through an annual run and other initiatives. 2012 is the 25th anniversary of the Torch Run. The B.C. arm of the run has raised $3.4 million since 1990.

“For 25 years, the Canadian law enforcement personnel involved in the LETR have helped create opportunities for Special Olympics athletes to have life-changing experiences of empowerment, friendship, and skill development through year-round sport programs and competitions,” said Pam Keith, chair of Special Olympics BC.

Right now in B.C. there are approximately 4,000 Special Olympics Athletes in 55 communities that are being supported through funding by donors like the Torch Run. Those athletes are training hard now to be ready for the B.C. Special Olympics Summer Games being held in Langley in July, 2013. Special Olympics gives athletes the chance to gain skills in more than just sports, but in life in general. They also improve their health and have fun doing it.

The next Special Olympics Winter Games will be in 2015.

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