The 33rd annual statewide law enforcement torch run for Special Olympics was held Wednesday, June 12 and Friday, June 14. Involving over 500 Law Enforcement Officers and spanning 160 miles, the 2019 event is the 33rd annual Torch Run, and in its history, Delaware Law Enforcement has raised nearly $8 million.
Special Olympics Delaware provides a year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays. A family of over 4,000 volunteers makes this program possible for the more than 4,200 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem, not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.
Local law enforcement officials including Milford Chief of Police Kenneth Brown escorted the ceremonial torch from Rehoboth Beach to the University of Delaware where its presence signified the start of the 2019 Special Olympic games in Delaware.
“[SODE] provides an opportunity to children and adults with intellectual disabilities that they may not otherwise have,” said Chief Brown. “What I enjoy the most about participating is seeing the excitement on these athletes faces.”
Chief Brown recalls a special moment he experienced this year while presenting an official tribute for Special Olympics Delaware and the Torch Run at Legislative Hall. When an athlete was asked by a fellow officer what sport he played, the athlete looked up at the officers with a huge smile and said “I’m just here to have fun.”
“These moments are very moving and ones that I will always treasure,” said Chief Brown. “Delaware Law Enforcement is very proud to partner with Special Olympics Delaware.”
The event culminated with a final leg into the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center for the official opening of the 2019 Summer Games where the Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be delivered.
“Our 49th Summer Games celebrated the accomplishments of our athletes in sport and also inspired the more than 1,000 volunteers and coaches who witnessed firsthand the spirit of what our movement,” said Jon Buzby, Director of Media Relations for Special Olympics Delaware. “Our athletes inspire us every single day and at the Summer Games, it’s their opportunity to be in the spotlight … and they shined.”
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