Special Olympics New York officially kicked off its 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run season by carrying Flame of Hope from Gates Town Hall to the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester.
This statewide event takes place every year in May-June. Over 100 members of law enforcement from multiple agencies were involved in the kickoff event this year, including New York State Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department, Gates PD, University of Rochester Department of Public Safety, NYS Parole and U.S. Border Patrol.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a tradition of over 30 years, led and orchestrated by the Guardians of the Flame, which includes over 6,000 law enforcement personnel from 470 agencies throughout the state whose ultimate goal is to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.
Over the course of the 2018 season, Special Olympics New York hosted approximately 60 individual Law Enforcement Torch Run events throughout various communities across the state. Most congregated with local dignitaries, sponsors and celebrities, and made appearances at regional and local competitions.
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run isn’t just about running with a torch,” said June Worden, state director for Law Enforcement Torch Run and board member for Special Olympics New York. “Our goal has always been to bring awareness to the talents, hopes and dreams of the athletes of Special Olympics. Moving forward we hope to unify all athletes, regardless of skill level, to inclusion. In doing so, our world will be a better place both on and off the playing fields.”
The finale event is at the opening ceremonies of Special Olympics New York’s State Summer Games. This year’s games are hosted by Siena College in Loudonville on June 15-17. Visit specialolympics-ny.org for information.