Nashville, TN- Special Olympics NY Athlete Kevin Brown earns Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council Award. Athlete Kevin Brown has demonstrated his unequivocal dedication to Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for over 42 years.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the Torch or the “Flame of Hope” into their local and state Special Olympic games, law enforcement officials organize and conduct additional fundraising initiatives such as Polar Plunges, merchandise sales, and other events. In 2017, more than $56 million was raised internationally through LETR events with more than $2 million coming from New York.
The LETR International Executive Council Athlete Award was created to recognize outstanding Special Olympics Athletes who have contributed to the success of the LETR on a local, state, and national level. The award is presented to an athlete who contributes to the Torch Run and Special Olympics in spirit, dedication, and enthusiasm in an effective fashion. Kevin was one of three 2017 recipients from nominations from Special Olympic programs from across the globe.
Kevin story is unlike any other, Kevin’s love for Special Olympics all started when he was just 8 years old. Kevin truly found his niche when he became a member of the Capital Region’s Volleyball team in which he has been a part of for over 30 years! Special Olympics has helped Kevin develop turn into the man that he is today, dedicated and determined. As a reflection of Kevin’s growth over the years, he is a proud employee of the F.B.I., homeowner and he helps support his family. Kevin’s story is a true testament for his dedication to this organization as he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics New York, all while he maintains a full-time job with the FBI in Albany New York.
In addition to being an active member for the LETR for over 30 years, Kevin is also an Athlete Ambassador for New York because of his humble personality, avid dedication to the organization and his natural ability for public speaking. Kevin has been the key speaker for events involving the NYS Chiefs of Police Association, LETR events, Special Olympics State Games, and other recruitment events. Kevin has proudly carried the torch alongside countless members of local Law Enforcement from the city of Albany all the way to the steps of the State Capital. Throughout the years, Kevin actively assists in recruiting, shirt sales, and he even hosts an online fundraising page for himself and fellow athletes.
In 2003, Kevin had the honor and privilege of running alongside the LETR Hall of Fame member, Sal Gerbino (Monroe County Sheriffs) as part of the final leg through Greece and Ireland. Kevin Brown has been the face of Special Olympics NY, North America and USA as a member of several National and World Games competitions. He has competed in Special Olympics games: ’89 Reno, Nevada; ’91 Minneapolis, Minnesota; ’00 &’01 Anchorage, Alaska; ’03 Greece and ’07 Shanghai, China.
Kevin’s favorite part of Special Olympics is getting the chance to participate in the signature Torch Run relay. Kevin says that he, “loves to go out and support local police and law enforcement and help them bring the Flame of Hope into the games, because it helps inspire the athletes.” He continued on to say that it is also a great opportunity for all Law Enforcement to get involved; “it helps them all see what we can do!”
Special Olympics New York is the largest program in North America with 71,889 athletes who compete and train in 22 Olympic-style sports throughout the year, always at no cost to them or their families.