On Thursday, June 8 local Milfordians helped carry the torch that began the 2017 Special Olympics Delaware summer games. At 10am the symbolic torch traveled through Milford and was passed onto its final destination, the University of Delaware where the games were held Friday, June 9 through Saturday, June 10. The torch traveled 160-mile beginning Wednesday night in Rehoboth Beach and reached 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. Torch Run State Director John Miller was present at the torch exchange at the Lakeview Avenue and Route 113 intersection in Milford. Serving in several different leadership roles for the torch run over the years as part of the Delaware State Police, Miller is proud to see the growth of the program.
Special Olympics Delaware provides a year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and cognitive delays. According to the organization, over 4,000 volunteers make the program possible for the more than 3,500 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. Special Olympics Delaware aims to “builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem, not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.”
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