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Sheriff’s Office celebrates with Special Olympians

Douglas County Undersheriff Ron Elges leads Special Olympians in jumping jacks at Lampe Park on Tuesday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand

A two-week challenge culminated on Tuesday morning in a Workout with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Day at Lampe Park in Gardnerville with athletes who completed a challenge for Special Olympics.

The challenge was issued to replace the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run which Douglas County Sheriff’s Office personnel participate in every year before the Western Nevada Special Olympics.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the run had to be canceled and Special Olympics sports suspended. In place of that event, DCSO created a virtual fitness challenge to serve as a fun way for athletes to remain active and hear the importance of physical fitness from law enforcement.

Members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office worked out on Tuesday alongside the athletes, cheering each other on, just as they do at the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run event. Once everyone finished, each person received a certificate of completion from Sheriff Dan Coverley. 

“The Sheriff’s Office made it so our athletes didn’t miss out this year,” said Special Olympics, Douglas County Area Director Lucy Pierce. “This Fitness Challenge encouraged our athletes to stay active and the certificate from Sheriff Coverley gave them something to work towards.”

The virtual challenge began June 8 and included a Fitness Tracker plus a two-week series of workout videos. The athletes completed the videos on their own then everyone met up for a final workout. 

“The athletes showed resiliency when the Torch Run was canceled and were quick to accepted the virtual challenge,” said Coverley. “It is rewarding to see law enforcement and the athletes taking part in an activity togetherToday was all about celebrating the hard work they put into completing the DCSO Fitness Challenge.”

All Special Olympic athletes, families, friends, and supporters were encouraged to participate.

“We have always been proud to support Special Olympics and run alongside the athletes at the annual Torch Run,” Coverley said earlier. “Even though this year looks a little different because of the virtual layout, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to cheer everyone on.”

Special Olympics helps individuals with intellectual disabilities gain confidence in not only their athletic abilities but also their futures outside the arenas. Through the power of sports and inclusion, the organization strives to help athletes feel empowered to tackle any obstacles, in life or sports.