Virginia officers to carry torch to support Special Olympics

Local officers participate in statewide Torch Run

As law enforcement officers run, each leg will hand off the Flame of Hope to a different agency.

This event continues to grow as the single largest fund-raiser for the Illinois Special Olympics.

According to Special Olympics Washington, almost 2,000 law enforcement personnel are involved in Washington State LETR efforts and their efforts raise over half a million dollars annually for local programs. They've raised more than $19 million since the Torch Run began in 1986.

"Every year the money in awareness goes to support our Special Olympics athletes", said Cassandra Rucker, Special Olympics' Director of Development in Central NY. Fundraising programs include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cop and more according to the Special Olympics website.

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Upon arrival at the State Capitol, agencies from across the state will gather for the Opening Ceremonies of the Colorado Special Olympics.

Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the flame of hope across the state in the torch run final leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh.

Special Olympics New York has 68,547 athletes across New York state compete and train in Olympic-style sports throughout the year, always at no cost to them or their families.