On Saturday, April 25, 2015 area law enforcement officers will partner with area youth for the Run WITH the Law event.  Run WITH the Law is a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Illinois. The LETR is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The LETR has raised more than $35 million over 29 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics athletes and their accomplishments.  In 2014 the Rockford Police Department and its supporting partners raised over $23,000.00.

This event will be held at Auburn High School at 9am starting at the school’s track. This 1 mile fun run will kick off the Special Olympics Youth Athletes competition.

The Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports. The Young Athletes program is designed to address various specific levels of play, including physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Higher Levels concentrate on the application of these physical activities through a sports skills activity program and developing skills consistent with Special Olympics sports play and specific Special Olympics traditional sports.

Students can register online to participate in the Run WITH the Law event this Saturday by going to http://www.soill.org/run-with-the-law/

All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver the day of the event.