Submitted by: Special Olympics Northern California
More than 1,000 members of the Northern California Law Enforcement community and Special Olympics Northern California athletes will carry the "Flame of Hope" throughout Northern California as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Davis, CA on the UC Davis campus.
Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California.
More than 900 athletes and volunteer coaches will convene at UC Davis to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Northern California.
After weeks of training and participating in qualifying competitions, athletes will compete in Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis or Track and Field.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of Northern California runs which began on June 8 and will travel on a two- week journey, ending on June 22, 2012.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Northern California. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects, conducted by officers representing every branch of law enforcement, have a mission of partnering with our communities, to support Special Olympics Programs through raising funds and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes.
LETR has raised more than $6 million dollars since its inception in 1998.
Approximately 3,000 officers carry the Flame of Hope, running through hundreds of Northern California communities in June to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Davis, CA.