Our local media partners are invited to attend the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics as we celebrate and recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics movement around the world.
Young athletes came from across the USA and Canada to compete in the first International Special Olympics Summer Games held July 20, 1968, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Nearly 50 years later, the Special Olympics movement reaches more than 5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries.
From the Special Olympics website:
“Since 1968, Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. Special Olympics has shifted the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement. Children, youth and adults, who participate in Special Olympics exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship, and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents, but their voices”
The Peterborough Police Service is participating in its local annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Thursday June 6, 2019. Athletes will gather in the police station parking lot at 9:30 a.m. with the run commencing from the police station at 10 a.m.
In 2018 Torch Run Ontario collected $2.3 million for Special Olympics Ontario. The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Worldwide annually, more than 97,000 law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
Police members along with some of Peterborough’s athletes will run down George Street through the downtown core collecting donations for Special Olympics. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and line the downtown to cheer on the athletes.
For more information Special Olympics Ontario please visit the Special Olympics Ontario website
For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics please visit the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run website