|April 3, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Attorney General Pam Bondi today kicked-off the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefitting Special Olympics Florida. Attorney General Bondi and Special Olympics CEO and President Sherry Wheelock were joined by more than 300 law enforcement officers and supporters from Leon County. Law enforcement and corrections officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” on a 1,500-mile journey throughout Florida for the 30th year of this tradition.
“Special Olympics is a tremendous event, and it is wonderful to have such resounding support from law enforcement, volunteers and the 25,000 athletes who will participate,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am proud to participate in the Flame of Hope kick-off event and encourage everyone to get involved in Special Olympics.”
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run embodies the heart of what Special Olympics is all about. As the runners carry the Flame of Hope throughout their community, they spread the joy of Special Olympics and help bring awareness to the incredible abilities our athletes possess. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is also the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics. On behalf of the 25,000 athletes we serve in the state of Florida, we are grateful to the men and women of law enforcement for their tireless support and leadership in our movement.”
Five thousand members of the law enforcement and corrections community will carry the torch to the opening ceremonies at the Annual Florida State Summer Games. This year’s games will take place May 16, 2014 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. In Florida, more than 25,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics activities throughout our state.