Special Olympics Northern California
Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life. The Law Enforcement Torch Run raises significant funds to support these efforts.
Sunnyvale Public Safety and Special Olympics Athlete of the Month, Robert McClure:
Robert McClure is a 2005 Cupertino High School graduate and a 2012 graduate of Taft College. Prior to attending Taft, he went to DeAnza College for two years. Robert participated in high school and college track - the 10K, 5K, 3K and 1500 meter. At Taft College he ran the Best Buddies Club with 63 members.
He has been involved with Special Olympics for 18 years, participating in the 1500 meter, 400 meter and running long jump. His longest jump was 4.95 meters. His goal is to clear 5 meters. Robert also coaches track and softball for Special Olympics
Robert works in facilities maintenance at a chiropractic office and lives in San Jose with his roommate Thomas Wolk. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the mall and watching his favorite sports teams – the San Francisco and San Jose Giants, the San Jose Sharks, the Saber Cats, the 49ers and the Denver Broncos. He also enjoys going to concerts – next up is Lady Gaga at the HP Pavilion! He likes to cook and bake – his two specialties are chili cheese dog casserole and chocolate cake. Yum!
Meet Robert and other Special Olympics superstars at the next Sunnyvale Tip at Cop at Firehouse Grill. For more information about Sunnyvale Public Safety’s Law Enforcement Torch Special Olympics Campaign visit TorchRunEvents.inSunnyvale.com
Previous Athletes of the Month:
Sunnyvale DPS and Special Olympics in the News:
- The San Jose Mercury News ran a great article about two of our awesome Special Olympic athletes, Lindsay Mibach and Ryan Epidendio. Read it here:
- Also from the San Jose Mercury News is the following article about a special ceremony that took place during the June 19 Law Enforcement Torch Run. Special Olympic athlete, Joey Morgan, was awarded with four of the medals he had lost in a fatal fire.
Support the Department of Public Safety's Law Enforcement Torch Run Events.
Businesses can support our efforts with a monetary contribution to our campaign. Present your check during the Torch Run on June 19 for special photo opportunities with the team and the athletes.
Individuals can donate to our team here: www.torchrunsonc.org Click on Sunnyvale Public Safety's team page. You can make your donation in honor of someone special.
Join us for our Tip a Cop events and meet Public Safety Officers while they assist waitstaff with food service and clearing tables.
Come out and cheer for our runners on June 19th as they carry the Flame of Hope through Sunnyvale. Meet in front of the Fish Market at 2:00 p.m. where our team receives the Flame of Hope from Santa Clara Police Department. We'll be running along El Camino to Knickerbocker where we will hand the Flame of Hope to Mountain View Police Department as it continues its journey to UC Davis for the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games June 27-29.
T-Shirts and Pigskin Madness:
At our Torch Run and Tip a Cop events, we will have Torch Run T-Shirts available for purchase. We will also be selling Pigskin Madness tickets! Of course, all proceeds from these sales will go to support Special Olympics Northern California. Call 408-730-7140 for more information.
Next Session of SNAP Classes
Sunnyvale Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) emergency preparedness training conducted by Sunnyvale Public Safety. Click here to see the schedule and register to participate.
Challenge Team Sunnyvale
The next Challenge Team Event will be the Young Men's Ultimate Weekend in Napa on June 28 & 29. For more information, visit the Challenge Team page.