Introducing the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association: A Unique Opportunity to Support Special Olympics Connecticut and Connecticut’s Law Enforcement Community

We're delighted to announce the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association, a new initiative that will support Special Olympics Connecticut and provide exclusive offers and promotions to its members from our generous partner businesses.
Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association members are dedicated law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and first responders who are committed to supporting Special Olympics Connecticut. Through participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics program, members of the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association help to promote inclusion and the acceptance of individuals with intellectual disabilities, by supporting Special Olympics Connecticut's important programs and services. Through membership dues, the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association will contribute to Special Olympics Connecticut and support its mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
We are currently seeking businesses to become partners that offer benefits and discounts to our Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association members. We encourage businesses that already offer military discounts to extend these benefits to members of the law enforcement community through the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association. By including law enforcement personnel in these existing programs, businesses can demonstrate their appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform.
Here are some examples of exclusive offers and discounts that a company could provide:

  • Retailers: Offer a specific percentage off on purchases made by our association members, both in-store and online.
  • Restaurants: Provide a complimentary appetizer or dessert with the purchase of a meal for members dining at their establishment.
  • Fitness Centers: Extend discounted membership rates to law enforcement members to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Entertainment Venues: Offer reduced admission fees or ticket prices for association members and their families.
  • Hotels: Provide exclusive room rates for law enforcement personnel seeking accommodation during official or personal visits.
  • Travel Agencies: Create special travel packages with discounts for association members planning vacations or getaways.
Partnership with the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association offers a wide range of benefits, including:
  1. Make a Difference in the Lives of Special Olympics Athletes:  By becoming a member of the Connecticut Guardians of the Flame Association, businesses will play a vital role in transforming the lives of Special Olympics athletes. Through their support, our partners will contribute to creating a more inclusive society where individuals with intellectual disabilities are celebrated for their talents and accomplishments.
  1. Strengthen Community Bonds: By participating in this initiative, businesses will foster a stronger bond with the law enforcement community, demonstrating their commitment to the well-being of our state and its citizens. This association provides an opportunity for businesses to show their gratitude to the men and women who selflessly serve and protect our communities.
  1. Broaden Awareness of your Business: By offering exclusive offers and discounts for members you'll not only gain loyal customers but also play an active role in supporting the invaluable work of Special Olympics Connecticut.
For businesses interested in becoming partners and offering exclusive offers to our association members, please visit or contact Jackie Turro at or (203) 230-1201 x265.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Connecticut
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Connecticut is one of the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicles - celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021! A highlight of the program is the annual Torch Run, when officers from police departments and law enforcement agencies across the state participate in a three-day run leading up to the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games in June. The program extends throughout the year, as the officers also organize and host fundraisers that include bust are not limited to Tip-a-Cop, Cop-on-Top and Penguin Plunge events.
Platinum Sponsors: The Hometown Foundation, Whelen Engineering, WWE, and The Bearingstar Insurance Charitable Fund

Gold Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets

About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut?provides year-round sports training and competitions for nearly 10,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners - their teammates without disabilities. Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 201 countries and jurisdictions around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for people of all abilities, on and off the playing field. (

Partner Sponsors: Bozzuto's Inc., the Connecticut Elks Association, Enterprise, ESPN, Eversource, The Hometown Foundation, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut, Pratt & Whitney, Webster Bank and WWE. 
Year-Round Suppliers:?Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Bozzuto's Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Marcus Communications, N&D Sports, Pepperidge Farm, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service, WORX, Heart Connecticut Media Group, iHeart Radio Connecticut and NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut.