Beginning this Friday, May 20th, DeKalb Police Department and Northern Illinois University Police Department will join forces with Dunkin’ Donuts in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. From 5:00am through 2:00pm Law Enforcement Officers will be on the rooftop at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1101 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois. Customers arriving at Dunkin’ Donuts will have the option to help support The Special Olympics by giving a donation. For those that decide to donate they will be rewarded with coffee mugs, t-shirts, hats and Dunkin’ Donut coupons.
This year is the 30th running of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Illinois. When it began in 1986, the Torch Run raised $16,000. It has since grown into the largest fundraiser of Special Olympics Illinois. More than $4.1 million was raised last year by the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run! Illinois’ Torch Run program has raised over $30 million since its inception in 1986.
Special Olympics Illinois (SO ILL) provides year-round training and competition in 19 different sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently, SO ILL serves more than 21,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and nearly 13,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) with and without intellectual disabilities. All athletes participate at no cost to themselves or their families! The benefits of Special Olympics for the athletes are tremendous-including physical fitness, sports skills, self-esteem and especially the social benefits. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Please contact Community Relations Officer Kelly Sullivan at 815-748- 8446 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at Dunkin’ Donuts on Friday, May 20 th , in an effort to help support The Special Olympics.