Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Athletes Carry “Flame of Hope” to Raise Funds and Awareness

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics it is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for the movement across the globe!

Montauk, NY - May 20th, 2014 - On May 20th, the Flame of Hope will start its journey across Long Island at the Eastern Long Island Torch Run from Montauk to East Hampton. On May 22nd, the Nassau County Leg will start at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, run along Sunrise Highway, ending at Farmingdale State College. The Suffolk County Leg will start at the East Islip Fire Department, run along Montauk Highway and end at Farmingdale State College where they will meet with the Nassau County Leg & Special Olympics Athletes to run into the ceremony. These runs will lead into the State Summer Games held on June 6th in Buffalo.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics it is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for the movement across the globe!  More than 85,000 officers from 35 countries carried the "Flame of Hope" across their communities and into their local games and competitions last year!

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

The funds generated by Torch Run initiatives support more than 64,659 athletes of Special Olympics New York who train and compete year-round in 22 Olympic-style sports throughout the Long Island Region and the entire state.  There is never a charge to our athletes or their caregivers to participate in Special Olympics.

Enclosed you will find the route information.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (631) 254-1465 ext. 203 or kaquilone@nyso.org.

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