Remembering Lt. Col. Ward Webb
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye and Rest in Peace to a very important member of our Special Olympics Louisiana family, Lt. Col. Ward Webb of Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Special Olympics Louisiana has never had a more humble, passionate, selfless, generous, responsible, dedicated and truly amazing individual than Lt. Col. Ward Webb. His love for the athletes in our Movement shined through in everything he did. Not only did he greatly impact the lives of our athletes and their families, he was inspirational to so many others in this organization, especially since his illness. It has been an honor to work alongside Ward. To Special Olympics Louisiana he is a hero, leader, role model and great friend.
Since 1988, Ward has been involved in Special Olympics Louisiana. Over the past 29 years, Ward consistently dedicated his time and effort to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement. In the history of Special Olympics Louisiana, Ward is the highest individual fundraiser. Ward demonstrated outstanding achievements and portrayed dedication and passion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement on a local, state and international level. Although Ward’s health had been declining recently, he continued to “carry the torch” for Special Olympics.
On a local level, Ward served as the run coordinator for his area which he organized, developed and implemented the Ascension leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. With Ward’s guidance, his agency is now the largest Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising agency in the state. With the success of his own run, he also assisted with multiple torch runs around the state. He launched one of the first Louisiana Polar Plunges in 2006. Due to his outstanding fundraising, promotions and marketing efforts this event is now our program’s largest fundraiser. Ward also assisted in planning and implementing the Ascension Parish Field Day. During the field day, officers and athletes enjoy a day on the track while competing in multiple track and field activities. This event strengthens the bond between Special Olympics athletes and area law enforcement officers to help further the Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement.
On a state level, Ward served as the Vice Chair for the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for 6 years. This position is responsible for assisting all fundraisers in the state, as well as training other Law Enforcement officers on fundraising responsibilities. Ward was key to hosting the Louisiana state LETR Conference each year and is instrumental in recruiting, training and inspiring other officers to further the movement across the state. He also served as the Louisiana Capital Area LETR Representative.
On an International level, Ward was a contributing member of the International LETR Conference Planning Committee for the Conference’s held in Florida, Louisiana, Bahamas, and Arizona. In 2014, Ward served as the State LETR Program Chairman/Operations Manager for the LETR International Conference held in New Orleans. During this time, Ward raised a significant amount of funds in sponsorships. Ward was recently on the Conference Planning Committee as an Event Manager for the 2016 International LETR Conference. He was recently inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hall of Fame at the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This award is the most prestigious award given in the Torch Run community and is given to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the Torch Run movement and Special Olympics at the local, national and international levels.
Throughout Ward’s Special Olympics journey, he always maintained a positive attitude, inspired others, and exhibited love, kindness, inclusion and acceptance towards any and all athletes in our program. He was the perfect example of a Guardian of the Flame, and made personal sacrifices every day in hopes of having our services reach one more person with an intellectual disability which fully embodies the mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement.
Ward was a dear friend to many of our athletes, LETR officers, staff, and volunteers. His friendship will be greatly missed.
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Guardians of the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics Louisiana
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Louisiana, or LETR, unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana. Torch Run efforts to raise funds include collecting corporate sponsorships, selling T-shirts, Running, and hosting unique fundraising events.
Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state culminating with the Torch Run Final Leg, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games in Hammond. This torch relay involves more than 5,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Louisiana. The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on May 14th-May 20th.
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