“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes and for the solemn purpose of teaching its students to “lift people up” NIS made sure to involve them in the LETR (law enforcement torch run) A global event that takes place every year since 1981. LETR was founded by Police Chief Richard LaMunyon in the state of Kansas. His purpose was to stimulate law enforcement and support Special Olympics in Kansas.
The LETR is an event that takes place in multiple countries. It’s an awareness campaign that helps raise people’s awareness of Special Olympics. People who partake in the LETR bike, run, walk and stop at different places to proceed with their fund and awareness raising. NIS adopted the idea for its far-reaching goals and the great impact it’ll have on its students. In NIS’ own version of the Torch Run students visited a special needs center and brought in equipment to workout with the children there. It was a great experience that touched the students in so many ways. Its purpose was to help students understand how that special needs should not feel different or out casted and should be granted the opportunity of not only fitting in society but the opportunity of standing out. They also learned that sports should not be viewed as their point of weakness or as something they are incapable of enjoying. Students became fond of the idea that special needs should be included in all sorts of physical activities and should not be left out. It was a great way of conveying a righteous cause that we all cherish as human beings in an interconnected society of people who are constantly determined to help and support one another at all times. It was an experience that instilled hope in those who participated.
“When I was first introduced to the idea of the Torch Run I realized that it was a great approach of raising student’s awareness of the significance of sports for special needs and the responsibility they take as members of society to help and encourage special needs to engage in physical activities.” Ms. Nevine El Baz