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Special Olympics
Fremont Police Support Special Olympics of Northern California
The Fremont Police Department, along with the international law enforcement community, has had a longstanding relationship with the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Philosophy
Special Olympics Philosophy is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth. Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. 


Fundraising Events and Activities
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1981 is a year-round national law enforcement fundraising campaign, which culminates with the carrying of the Flame of HopeTM to Special Olympics competitions.

Throughout the year funds are raised through a variety of activities, including several Tip-A-Cop® events at a variety of local restaurants. During a Tip-A-Cop® event, law enforcement volunteers take on the role as celebrity wait staff, helping to deliver food and refill drinks, all for "tips" to help benefit Special Olympics.  In addition to Tip-A-Cop®, the Fremont Fire and Police Department began collaborating in 2007 to organize the Annual Guns 'N' Hoses charity basketball game.  Both Department's provide a team made up of volunteer employees and Special Olympic athletes for the event.  All proceeds from the game (tickets, auction items and food donations) are donated directly to Special Olympics of Northern California.

Since 2004, the Department has raised more than $100,000 in support of Special Olympics Northern California.