Josh Alters, Inclusive Leadership Coordinator and athlete of Special Olympics Kansas, received the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) International Executive Council Athlete Award given by the LETR Council. This was presented at the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Chicago on Oct. 29.
Alters was chosen from a select group of outstanding Special Olympics athletes around the world who have contributed to the success of the LETR at a local, state or national level because of his contributions to the Torch Run and Special Olympics in spirit, dedication and enthusiasm in an effective fashion.
“Josh’s efforts to spread the LETR movement go far beyond the State of Kansas,” said Jacob LaMunyon, Director of Kansas LETR. “Josh is a Champion of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run at all levels.”
Alters has received several awards during his 38 years with Special Olympics. Since 2020, Alters has served on the Special Olympics North America Leadership Academy. In 2023, he was elected to the United States Athlete Leadership Council as an at-large member, he was selected to announce the 141st pick at the National Football League Draft, and many more throughout the years.
LaMunyon describes Alters as a caring person and respectful of everyone.
“A couple minute conversation with Josh seeing his kindness and willingness to help is enough to get anyone hooked on the LETR movement,” he said.