MADISON—On Thursday, September 18, the WPPA was recognized as a 2008 Friend of Education by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In a ceremony at the State Capitol, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer received the award on behalf of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who participate each year in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Braving the heat, humidity, and at times, inclement weather, officers bike, walk, run, rollerblade, ride motorcycles, and drive support vehicles to escort the Olympic Torch to the opening ceremonies in Stevens Point. As the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s founding organization, the WPPA promotes and supports the mission of the Special Olympics and encourages its almost 400 local association affiliates to help raise funds, as well as the awareness of the games’ importance. In supporting this invaluable program, the WPPA tries to make a difference and help create a world without barriers and respect without requirements for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster
and WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer