On Thursday, June 7 local Milfordians helped carry the torch that began the 2012 Delaware Special Olympics of Delaware. At 10:00am the symbolic torch traveled through Milford and was passed on to its final destination, the University of Delaware, where the games were held Friday, June 8 through Saturday, June 9. The torch traveled 160-miles, beginning Wednesday night in Rehoboth Beach and reaching its destination at the athletic complex during the Athlete and Family Barbecue.
Participating in the torch run were over 500 law enforcement officers who created a police escort across the state over the three-day journey. Every law enforcement agency in the state of Delaware was represented during the event.
The Special Olympics of Delaware took place on Friday, June 8 and featured over 750 athletes competing in six sports: aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track and field. Opening ceremonies were held at the Bob Carpenter Center where the arrival of the flame and lighting of the cauldron was done by the Special Olympics of Delaware Athlete of the Year and the Torch Runner of the Year.