Local police running for Special Olympics

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Many Oswego County law enforcement personnel are joining state and federal law enforcement officers to carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” throughout New York this week.

This is leading up to opening ceremonies at the 2014 Special Olympics New York Summer Games Friday, June 6 at University at Buffalo.

One leg of the torch run went from Oswego to Fulton.

Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 27 — 9 a.m. Oswego County from Oswego to Fulton
  • Wednesday, May 28 — 10 a.m. Oneida County from Utica to Oriskany
  • Thursday, May 29 — Noon, Cortland
  • Friday, May 30. — 10 a.m., Binghamton
  • Tuesday, June 3 — 11 a.m. Onondaga County from Fayetteville to Camillus
  • Wednesday, June 4 — 7:15 a.m. from Elbridge to Canandaigua
  • Wednesday, June 4 — 10 a.m. Norwich
  • Wednesday, June 4 —  1 p.m. Oneonta

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a unique relationship between the Torch Runners and the Special Olympics champions they support,” said Special Olympics New York CEO Neal Johnson.

“It is inspiring to see the respect and admiration that they have for each other.  Special Olympics athletes are heroes to many of us, and the Torch Runners are heroes to our athletes,” he said.

Law Enforcement Torch Run™ is a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics athletes.

Each year, officers carry the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their hometowns to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 64,659 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth largest chapter in the world.

Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports – at no cost to the athlete, their families or caregivers. For more information, visit nyso.org.

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