2014 John Carion Unsung Hero Award Winners

left to right: Robert Smith (Nevada), Dennis Shaw (Kansas), David Smith (Northern Ireland)

Congratulations to our own Dennis Shaw for receiving the John Carion Unsung Hero Award at this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run Internation Conference! To read more about his involvement with Special Olympics Kansas, Kansas LETR and the significance of the award, click here!


Cash for Cans - Topeka

Looking to get rid of some old aluminum cans and would like to donate them? Stop by the parking lot of the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office (320 S Kansas, Topeka, KS) and put them in the specified dumpster. The event will run from Saturday, October 25 to Saturday, November 8. For more details, check out our flyer!


Give Back Day at Jose Peppers - Shawnee

Jose Peppers will be hosting a 10% Give Back Day on Monday, October 27th from 5-9 pm. Print out the flyer and take it with you and give it to your server and Jose Peppers will donate 10% of your check to Special Olympics Kansas! Jose Peppers in Shawnee is located at 16605 Midland Drive. Click here for the flyer!


Dine and Donate - Wichita

If you are in the Wichita area, please come to "Dine and Donate" at Granite City (2244 N Webb Road) on either October 29th or 30th (or both nights!). Present this flyer and 20% of your total tab will be donated to the Law Enforcement Torch Run!



First Responder Fitness Challenge Event (Cross Fit Style)


Tip A Cop - Salty Iguana in Overland Park

The Leawood PD will be serving up tasty Mexican fare at the Salty Iguana 8420 West 135th Street in Overland Park on November 18th from 5-9 pm. Come out and have a taco or two! Click here for flyer!


Who wants to come to Johnny's in Olathe! Sweet Deal for Special Olympics Kansas

Johnny’s Tavern, one of our favorite eating spots, is raising funds for Special Olympics Kansas on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Print out the flyer or download the flyer and save it on your phone (Click here for flyer). Present the flyer to your server. Johnny’s will donate 20% of total sales to Special Olympics Kansas! Johnny’s Tavern is located at 10384 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe KS 66061.


Tip A Cop - Texas Roadhouse

Join the Riley County Police Department as they partner up with Texas Roadhouse (200 Manhattan Town Center, Manhattan, KS) to present their annual Tip A Cop! The event will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you make a donation during the event, you can enjoy an onion blossom or fried pickles for FREE! What a great way to support Special Olympics Kansas and get free food! Hope to see you there!


Taking Applications for Athlete Ambassadors

The Kansas LETR Executive Council has added a new Athlete Ambassador position on the Council to represent Special Olympics Kansas athletes. This is a 3 year leadership position with the opportunity to attend the International Torch Run Conference during the 2nd year of their term.

The nominated athlete must have public speaking training and experience.  Graduating from the Global Messenger Training will be preferred.  The nominated athlete must also have support of a coach/mentor to assist with conference calls or review of Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run materials, as well as support from the Area Law Enforcement Torch Run members. Please see the Athlete Ambassador Job Description for more details. Applications for the 2015-2017 term are due December 15th to


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Announcing a New Mobile Site with RAZ Mobile

SOKS has a new mobile site which includes an easy, quick way to accept donations and will offer text updates. The site is through RAZ Mobile. To receive text updates: text “special” to (913)416-4776. Visit our mobile site at or scan:



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