Law enforcement officers from across the state will celebrate their 2016 fundraising success for Special Olympics Mississippi with the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 16-20.
“Law enforcement officers are the ‘Guardians of the Flame of Hope’ for Special Olympics athletes in more than 100 countries around the world,” said Tony Bahou, president and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi. “Their efforts help us provide life-changing experiences and competitions for more than 4,000 athletes in Mississippi year round.”
Law enforcement officers use off-duty time to support athletes and programs, and the funds raised—topping $47,000 in 2016 for Mississippi through T-shirt sales, car washes and softball and basketball tournaments—stay local to the state and the communities they protect and serve.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will begin in the state’s northern communities on Monday, May 16 and work its way toward Keesler Air Force Base on May 20, where the flames will unite to light the cauldron at the start of the 2016 Summer Games. For a full schedule of participating communities, times and location, please visit www.specialolympicsms.org/games-events.
Law enforcement officers worldwide have raised more than half a billion dollars for the cause since its inception. This year marks the 20th year the law enforcement officers in Mississippi have participated in the annual fundraising drive.
Special Olympics Mississippi became one of the first pilot programs after Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver visited Ellisville State School in Jones County in 1968, and was officially incorporated and recognized by the state in August 1975.
Today, Special Olympics Mississippi serves more than 4,000 athletes through a network of 17 multi-county areas and thousands of volunteers. Athletes compete locally at more than 50 events across the state, then statewide at the annual Summer Games and Fall Games. Athletes can then advance to the national and international levels of competition.
About Special Olympics Mississippi
Chartered in 1975, the mission of the Mississippi Chapter of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and their communities. For more information, please visit us at www.specialolympicsms.org.