An Organization Engaged
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has developed partnerships with groups and organizations inspired and committed to their community.
Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative
SeSSI uses the game of soccer as a youth intervention tool in the community. Volunteer soccer coaches offer free summer trainings, year-round clinics, pick-up games, 3 v 3 events, and tournaments in multiple parks throughout the Southeast Colorado Springs community. The organization has donated numerous soccer balls to local law enforcement officers as a starting point for conversation and connection to the youth in our community. Many of these soccer balls have been provided to youth in parks and on calls for service to bring a little joy into the lives of our kids.
In support of the SeSSI partnership, members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participate in kick-arounds with children in our community. This provides deputies with the opportunity to meeting citizens throughout the area in a non-intimidating environment.
This year, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Department Chief Carey participated in few kick-arounds. SeSSI has a season kick-off every year in May.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has a long standing tradition of supporting Special Olympic Athletes in Colorado. Through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) we partner with Special Olympics Colorado to raise money so the athletes can compete in a variety of events and activities. These athletes are offered opportunities which would otherwise not be available if it were not for the money raised by EPSO and other agencies around the world.
Each year the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participates in a variety of events to raise money for the athletes. As an agency we have raised money by participating in the following events:
Polar Plunge - EPSO employees jump into freezing cold water in support of Special Olympic Athletes.
Torch Run - EPSO Employees run through the streets of Colorado Springs, with athletes, on a 4 mile course in an effort to raise awareness.
Tip a Cop - EPSO employees trade in their duty belts for aprons and assist various restaurants with waiting tables all in order to spread the message about Special Olympics and raise money for the athletes.
Plane Pull - EPSO Employees team up to try an pull a plane and compete against other agencies across the state.
No Shave November - EPSO Sworn deputies are allowed to grow a goatee for several months if they make a large donation to Special Olympics Colorado.
In 2016, EPSO raised approximately $36,000 for Special Olympic Athletes in Colorado! In 2017, we have already exceeded this amount! EPSO has been the winner of multiple awards over the past years because of their large involvement in Special Olympics. Awards include: Agency of the Year (2015), Guardian of the Year (2016), Top LETR Money Maker (Polar Plunge 2016) as well as a variety of other awards over the past decade of involvement with Special Olympics Colorado.
EPSO has committed itself, as an agency, to support the AMAZING athletes who participate in Special Olympics. This is another great example of EPSO’s commitment to the community we serve.