Dozens of runners hit the streets of Fresno and Clovis Thursday and completed a 9-mile race as part of the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Thus far, Fresno County law enforcement has raised nearly $7,000.  Law enforcement as a whole has collected $85,000 for Special Olympics of Northern California.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and its public safety partners would like to thank its local sponsors for their generosity and participation to make this a successful event.  This includes the following people and organizations.

-     Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kathy Curtice

-     Fresno County District 3 Supervisor Henry Perea

-     CHP Central Division Chief Nick Norton

-     Fresno State Football Coach Tim Deruyter

-     Fresno Grizzlies Manager Tony DeFrancesco

-     Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall

-     Fresno State football players Jacob Vazquez, Aaron Mitchell and Trent Soechting


- 500 Club & Casino = $2,500.00

- Fresno Coin Gallery = $1,000.00

- Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association =  $500.00

- CHP Squad Club =  $500.00

- The Firing Line in Clovis =  $500.00

- Seiberts Oil =  $500.00

- Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea =  $300.00

- Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims =  $250.00

- Fresno County District Attorney Association =  $250.00

- Hedrick’s Chevrolet =  $150.00

- Aqua Sports Dive Shop =  100.00

- Metro uniforms = $100.00 

- Fresno Grizzlies

- Coca-Cola

More than 1,000 members of the Northern California Law Enforcement community and Special Olympics Northern California athletes carried the Flame of Hope throughout Northern California as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  

The proceeds from the annual Torch Run directly benefit 16,000 athletes with Special Olympics Northern California.  There are nearly 3,000 Special Olympic athletes in Fresno County and it costs approximately $300.00 dollars to sponsor each athlete for the year. 

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Individuals with intellectual disabilities get opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Special Olympians now head to UC Davis to compete in the 2016 Summer Games, which run June 24 – 26, 2016.



Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137