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Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run State Committee Adds Athlete to Member Roster

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Rikki Kirsch, Athlete Liaison for the LETR State Committee in Illinois, poses with Illinois Torch Run Director, Steve Stelter.
For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete Rikki Kirsch proudly joins the group. She has competed in Special Olympics for many years in several sports ranging from equestrian to golf. Rikki attended the 2014 Special Olympics USA Summer Games in New Jersey where she represented Illinois in aquatics. This year marked her first time competing in the State Winter Games and she took home gold in snowshoeing. Since becoming Global Messenger, Rikki officially met all the qualifications to become an athlete liaison. “Having Rikki involved with the Torch Run committee is one of the reasons Illinois has such a successful program and is respected worldwide,” says Torch Run Director and Chief of the Westchester Police Department, Steve Stelter. The Athlete Liaison is a Special Olympics Athlete whose primary responsibility is represent the interests of all Special Olympics Illinois athletes.

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