Law Enforcement Torch Run
Posted: 03/25/2013
Author: Town of Century

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(Photo courtesy of Janet Little Cooper)

All around the world, Special Olympics has a formidable and caring legion of protectors and supporters:  The Law Enforcement Community.

The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  It gives them the continuing opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families and other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

The signature event of the law enforcement community’s year-round support of Special Olympics is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.  For 30 years, the “Flame of Hope” has traversed Florida in an intrastate relay of simultaneous routes throughout the state, covering countless thousands of miles.  The torch is carried by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers all the way from the Alabama/Florida state line in Century to the Opening Ceremonies of Florida’s annual State Summer Games, to be held in May of this year.  The First Leg of the Torch Run begins in Escambia County (Century, The First City in Florida) on Monday, March 25 2013 and ends with the Final Leg in Osceola County ( Kissimmee) with stops along the way in virtually every county in Florida.  

The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fund raising event amongst Special Olympics Florida and law enforcement agencies.  Statewide, the participating chiefs, officers, sheriffs, deputies, special agents, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, military police and cadets from virtually every branch of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement, represent a total of over 300 different agencies and once again we are proud to be a supporting partner of the Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run.

This year, like every year, Special Olympics Florida’s main source of revenue is through the sale of T-shirts and hats.  Funds from this source will allow more athletes to participate in the 2013 State Summer Olympic Games.  It will also provide necessary equipment and venues for year-round sporting events.  T-shirts can be purchased for $12.00, hats are $10.00 and a combination T-shirt and hat is available for the low price of $20.00.  Also available are polo shirts at $25.00 and dri-fit runner’s shirts for $20.00.

Thanks for your continued support

(Article courtesy of Linda Marinin)


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