James DiGianvittorio is the Middleton police chief and co-director of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program. He represented LETR at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Greece. Jim also created the “Cruiser Convoy” fundraising event, where over a hundred law enforcement personnel converge on the Special Olympics Massachusetts state summer games at Harvard Athletic Complex to greet and award athletes with medals. This October 2nd, DiGianvittorio along with a class of athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and sponsors, will be recognized at the 2014 Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame induction ceremony at The Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, MA.
“My first year as chief I received a visit from a Special Olympics associate Lauren Fredette, she was working over in the Danvers office. We sat down, within about a half-hour we had a couple events already organized and we started from there,” said DiGianvittorio. “Eight years later we’ve raised a lot of money, we’ve raised a lot of awareness.”
There was a clear need in the beginning to bolster the LETR program in the North Shore of Massachusetts according to Digivantorio. Under his leadership, the program in that area began to grow and thrive. Supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts has been a rewarding experience for DiGianvittorio in it’s own right. “I’ve been able to learn a lot through Special Olympics, foster new relationships, and I’ve done some things in my lifetime that I thought I’d never be able to do.”
In 2011 he ran in the torch relay with LETR in Greece, on the way to Special Olympics World Games. “It’s still one of the highlights of my careers,” said DiGianvittorio.
As co-director of the the Massachusetts LETR program, DiGianvittorio acknowledges the programs successes, but says there’s more to be done, as he lists off LETR fundraising events in a calm pragmatic manner. “We’ve pulled trains, we’ve pulled trucks, duck boats, jumped in the ocean, we’ve worked in restaurants raising money. We do it for all the athletes and I hope we do it for a lot more years to come.”