Cheshire: Special Olympics Torch Run fundraiser underway

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CHESHIRE — It's almost Special Olympics Torch Run time in Massachusetts, and local law enforcement is making it even easier to donate this year.

This year, the Cheshire Police Department, thanks to the efforts of Officer Dylan Vandoloski, has set up a GoFundMe page for area residents to help contribute to the Law Enforcement Torch Run program, one of the most important year-round fundraising initiatives supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts.

The Special Olympics offer an annual athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. The events change the way people with Intellectual disabilities are seen in the world. Through sport, Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities show that they can compete in 23 Olympic-type sports; that they can train and improve their skills; and that they can develop teamwork and communications skills.

Other upcoming events organized by local law enforcement include the Berkshire Humvee Push (Oct. 5,) the Lee Holiday Sweater Run (date TBD), Cop on Top fundraisers at Walmart in North Adams (Nov. 9) and Pittsfield (Dec. 7 and 8).

Police officers from throughout the county regularly organize events to support their local athletes, by taking part in already established fundraisers.

Visit tinyurl.com/special413 to make a donation to the torch run today. More information: www.specialolympicsma.org.

This article has been corrected to note that Special Olympics events and fundraisers take place all year long. 

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