Nashville, TN- Special Olympics NY Athlete Fred Siegel III, earns the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council Athlete Award. Fred has been a Special Olympic Athlete for 22 years and involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement (LETR) movement for over 10 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 2016, more than $56 million was raised internationally through LETR events with more than $2 million coming from New York.
Fred has actively been a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and countless fundraising and awareness activities on behalf of Special Olympics for over 10 years. Throughout the years, Fred has become a true asset to the Law Enforcement Torch Run because he is always recruiting new athletes to participate in the LETR fundraising events and he always brings a fellow athlete or two in tow to every event. During the events, you will always catch Fred talking to the officers and other law enforcement personnel about how much he values their participation and dedication to the organization. In addition, Fred had started his own movement in reflection of his own motivation and encouragement. In the past, there was a time that it was rather difficult to find athletes and families to get involved in the fundraising events; so Fred took the initiative and encouraged his friends to step outside their comfort zones! Once they did, so many of these athletes have now created a special bond that they never had before! Due to Fred’s encouragement, he now runs side by side with his law enforcement friends and fellow athletes, while carrying the Torch throughout his community.
Throughout the past few years, Fred wanted to revive the powerlifting program in the Western Region and he would not take no for an answer. Thanks to Fred’s supreme networking skills and the relationships that he had previously established with his local law enforcement friends, he was able to get the word out that he was trying to put a new program together and that he needed a coach! Fred finally accomplished his goal this year, he is now a member of the powerlifting program in the Western Region.
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.