Sheboygan’s Martha Hill is no stranger to honors, but this one in particular is surely one of the sweetest of her long career with Special Olympics.
On Thursday, June 8th, she will represent Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) during the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Law enforcement members, Special Olympic athletes and supporters carry the “Flame of Hope” in opening ceremonies at regional, state, national, provincial and world games.
Annually more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate volunteers carry the “flame” symbolizing courage and the celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
At 7 a.m. Thursday, Sheboygan area police departments, along with civilians, will take to the streets and roads of Sheboygan County. The LETR will begin at the Sheboygan Police Department and run to Kwik Trip on North Avenue, then stop at Horace Mann Middle School, the Kohler Police station, Sheboygan Falls Police station, Plymouth Police station and Elkhart Lake with a stop at Off the Rail coffee shop where they will be served complimentary coffee and muffins.
Motorists should be aware that the runners and cyclists will be using public streets and escorted by police vehicles and to use caution.
A further stop in Kiel, will honor fellow policeman, Trevor Casper, who died in the line of duty. Set up will take place at St. Peter Cemetery around 11:45 AM Thursday, followed by a run through Kiel in his memory.
Last year Sheboygan fielded the largest team in Wisconsin and was in the top 3 in raising dollars for SOWI.
Hill, 37, a North High School Wall of Fame member, has medaled in both swimming and golf as a Special Olympics athlete and was inducted for her post graduate community service.
Furthermore, she took up running about 4 years ago and is now competing in 5k road running events.
During the many years of involvement with Special Olympics Wisconsin, she not only excelled in 2 sports, she took on added duties and completed the Athlete Leadership Program, becoming a Global Messenger and represented the U.S.A. internationally at the Special Olympics World Games in China and Canada.
Martha also serves on the SOWI Board of Directors and is a member of the Athlete Health Leadership group. She has worked at Kohler’s Woodlake Market for nearly 18 years.
The Dennis Aldridge Special Olympics Hall of Fame, named after the SOWI past president, who served in that capacity for over 25 years, was established in 2016.
Hill will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during opening ceremonies at UW-Stevens Point, before her peers and colleagues. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM, Thursday, June 8.
You can donate via this link and help the Special Olympics athletes in Wisconsin.