Special Olympics Florida

Joe Whitson

Law Enforcement Torch Run Participant, Brevard and Osceola Counties

Since 1989, I have been a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and was honored to serve as a Guardian of the Flame in the Final Leg. Spreading the Special Olympics mission has allowed me to help in different areas including coordinating and promoting Special Olympics Florida events in Brevard and Osceola Counties like the Torch Run, Tip-A-Cop fundraisers, and local competitions.

For me, volunteering is a no-brainer. You can throw a dollar in a bucket and it might make you feel good for a second, but when you’re actually getting involved in the events and athletes tell you that you’re their hero, it really affects you and keeps you going.