|April 13, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today kicked off the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefiting the Special Olympics. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and supporters joined Attorney General Bondi and Special Olympics CEO and President Sherry Wheelock at the kickoff event. Local, state and federal law enforcement officers, corrections officers and support staff will carry the Flame of Hope 1,500 miles throughout Florida to bring awareness to Special Olympics. This year, Special Olympics Florida is celebrating its 45th anniversary.
“Special Olympics Florida is an amazing organization that provides some of the most remarkable people with the opportunity to discover new strengths and skills that will last a lifetime,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I want to thank our law enforcement community and all those involved in the Torch Run for supporting these inspiring athletes.”
Eight thousand members of the law enforcement and corrections community will carry the torch in a relay to the opening ceremonies at the Annual Florida State Summer Games. This year’s games take place May 19-20, 2017 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. More than 38,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics activities throughout Florida.
For a schedule of Law Enforcement Torch Run routes by county, click here.
The Special Olympics is a global movement that serves more than four million athletes in 169 countries. The organization empowers athletes to improve physical fitness, build confidence and find new friendships, all while having fun and learning life-lessons.
For more information about Special Olympics Florida and how to get involved, visit SpecialOlympicsFlorida.org.