Milwaukee Police Officer to Carry Flame of Hope™ in Athens, Greece

Milwaukee Police Officer Kathy Schult was recently selected to represent Wisconsin in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg Runner for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. This summer, the Final Leg will travel every corner of Greece, as well as to Cyprus, Egypt and Turkey promoting ability, acceptance and inclusion as Guardians of the Flame®. Officer Schult’s three-week journey will begin June 9th with the Flame Lighting Ceremony and conclude on June 25th at the Opening Ceremonies, both in Athens.

Officer Schult’s involvement with the LETR for Special Olympics Wisconsin began almost 25 years ago by cheering on athletes and handing out awards for various competitions. It has since grown into a desire to do whatever Special Olympics needs to make sure events run smoothly and everyone has a great time. Giving athletes their awards is still something she loves to do. “It’s so exciting to see the athletes get their awards and to see that all their hard work has paid off,” said Schult.

Officer Schult has volunteered extensively with the Greater Milwaukee Area as a member of the local LETR, Polar Plunge and Over the Edge committees. She also uses her resources in law enforcement to educate athletes and their families. She has given personal safety training sessions to children and adults with cognitive disabilities and has attended the State Summer Games in Stevens Point with the Talking Squad Car and McGruff for over 20 years.

As a dedicated member of the Milwaukee Police Department, Officer Schult has committed herself to the LETR movement between coordinating the city’s special events with Milwaukee Police Auxiliaries and Explorers, giving numerous presentations on crime prevention, serving as Vice President of Milwaukee Police Historical Society and as Past President for the Wisconsin Association of Women Police. Her involvement in the community has not stopped her from spending thousands of hours helping athletes and raising over $75,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin, all while spreading awareness.

“Because of my enthusiasm, dedication and continuous support of Special Olympics, I have gotten other police officers and citizens to get involved with Special Olympics,” Schult added.

Wisconsin is excited for Officer Schult to use this enthusiasm and represent the program in the marquis event in the world of Special Olympics, at the birthplace of the Olympic movement. Her experience will undoubtedly bring fresh ideas and inspiration to the 1,200 law enforcement involved in LETR throughout the state.



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