Ron Rodgers, a 17 year plus Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) volunteer, credits his experience to the Special Olympic athletes he works with. The love of sport that is shown through the sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play, inclusion and acceptance in each event, are the contributing factors as to why Ron continues to support LETR. The opportunity to pay it forward and stay involved in the program is Ron’s way of supporting what he believes to be such an amazing platform and community builder.
Ron was happily introduced to LETR many years ago through a good friend. He was asked to come out and participate in the Special Olympics Torch Run that was taking place in Niagara. Without hesitation, he ended up walking away with an incredible experience and new friends from the program. The athletes of this program drew him in and he has been hooked ever since.
Special Olympics “means a lot to me because I like the foundation/movement that’s been created of welcoming and accepting individuals regardless of their abilities or disabilities” says Ron. The feeling of inclusion helps athletes gain confidence, bring joy, and fulfillment in their abilities while participating and learning new skills and lifelong strengths that can be transferred into the community.
Ron had a hard time giving just one memorable experience with the program as each practice, scrimmage and sporting event introduced him to new athletes and experiences he cherishes. If he had to pinpoint just one event, he would pick the Special Olympics Summer Games in Niagara where he coached soccer. He picked this event as it was his first experience with LETR and what has kept him coming back!
Ron has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the program, participating in the 50th Anniversary, the Torch Run Celebration in Chicago, the Invitational Youth Games Torch Run in Toronto, the Guardians of the Flame 5km Run and many more. With that in mind, we would like to say a big thank you Ron, for your time, passion and commitment to the program and Special Olympics athletes!