Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL


    Please join the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in our support of Special Olympics Florida.  One way to show you care for the Special Olympians is by helping us raise money through the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run.

    The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office has been a long time supporter and a top ten fundraiser for Special Olympics Florida through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

    The Torch Run is a way for law enforcement agencies to show they care. The “Flame of Hope’’ torch is carried by law enforcement officers in a 1,500-mile relay around the state. This year more than 3,000 law enforcement officers representing 300 Florida agencies will participate as the torch makes it way through 60 counties before it is delivered to the opening ceremonies of  the State Summer Games. The 2015 State Summer Games will be held May 15-16, 2015, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex . Over 1,500 athletes are competing in bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.  

    Hillsborough County LETR Itinerary:

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    10:00 Hillsborough LETR stages at Ballast Point Park and prepares to travel approx. 5.3 miles to the finish at the Tampa Convention Center (Staging Area 1 - Parking is available at the park and shuttle service back to Ballast Point Park will be provided.)

    10:15 Hillsborough LETR leaves Ballast Point Park and travels north on Bayshore Blvd. for approx. 2.3 miles to Bay to Bay Blvd (Staging Area 2).

    10:40 Hillsborough LETR passes through the intersection of Bayshore and Bay to Bay Blvd. and will continues for approx. 2.5 miles to Staging Area 3. (Staging Area 2 - Parking is available at the park on the SW corner of Bayshore/Bay to Bay and shuttle service back to Bay to Bay will be provided.

    11:05 Hillsborough LETR arrives at the Pirate Ship Wharf (Staging Area 3 - LETR will pause for a short break and photo op.)

    11:20 Hillsborough LETR leaves for downtown Convention Center and continues approx. 0.5 miles to the finish at Tampa Convention Center.)

    11:30 Hillsborough LETR arrives at the Convention Center.

    Interested participants can also pick up the run at the intersection of Bayshore Blvd. and Bay to Bay Blvd., for a shorter distance of 3.2 miles. Bicycles and strollers are permitted. A brief check presentation ceremony, on behalf of all Tampa Bay area law enforcement to Special Olympics Florida, will immediately follow the run.

     Route Map

    To Enter:

    Any person(s) planning to participate in the 2015 LETR on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, should complete the attached 2015 Torch Run Waiver form. Any person(s) under the age of 18 planning to participate should complete the attached 2015 Torch Run Juvenile Waiver form. Any/All persons running in the 2015 LETR are encouraged to wear their 2015 LETR gear on the day of the run.

    More info about the Final Leg and State Summer Games is available at www.specialolympicsflorida.org, or contact Community Outreach Division, Deputy Chris DePolis:

    Deputy C. DePolis
    Community Services Section
    Community Outreach Division
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
    P.O. Box 3371
    Tampa, FL 33601
    (813) 247-0947
    (813) 242-1813 fax

    LETR shirts and hats are now available through the Community Outreach Division.

    • LETR shirts are $12.00 each, and available in sizes Small to XXXL.
    • LETR hats are $10.00 each, and one size fits all.
    • LETR combo packs are $20.00, and include (1) LETR shirt size and (1) LETR hat.

    If you are interested in purchasing a shirt or hat, or would simply like to make a donation, please visit www.marketplace.hcsocharities.com.

    Remember,  every penny raised goes directly to Special Olympics.

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    Or you may choose to simply make a donation to Special Olympics Florida. Please make checks payable to “HCSO Charities Inc.’’ and mail to:

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    Attn: Community Outreach Division
    Dep. Chris Depolis
    P.O. Box 3371
    Tampa FL 33601


    Sheriff David Gee and the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office thank you!
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