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Special Olympics Flame of Hope travels across the state to open the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games

Law enforcement officers bring the torch across the state to Raleigh by June 2

Raleigh, NC – Law enforcement officers throughout North Carolina will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope across the state this spring, to light the cauldron at the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games Opening Ceremonies June 2 at Reynolds Coliseum on North Carolina State University’s campus in Raleigh, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

Editors’ Note – A complete list of Torch Run legs, contacts and schedules surrounding each leg can be found at http://sonc.net/torch-run/torch-run-relay/Additional legs and details are being added daily, please check the website for details on a NC Torch Run Relay Leg in your community.  Contact Leslie Moyar, SONC Director of Development NC Torch Run at 919-719-7662 x 123 for more information.

The 31st annual NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics will include the following legs: 

May 3 – Granville County

May 4 – Wilkes County

May 5 – Rutherford County and Haywood County

May 12 – Gaston County and Lee County

May 13 – Mecklenburg County

May 17 – Rowan County

May 18 – Carteret/Craven County

May 19 – Richmond County, Davidson County and Wayne County

May 23 – Mitchell County

May 25 – New Hanover County

May 26 – Cleveland County and Guilford County

May 27 – Wake County (Holly Springs Police Department)

May 30 – Alamance County

May 31 – Cumberland County (Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Fayetteville Police Department)

June 1 – Wake County (Zebulon Police Department, Garner Police Department, Raleigh Police Department via Glenwood Ave., Raleigh Police Department via Hwy 64 and Raleigh Police Department via Wilmington St.) and Johnston County

The 2017 NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a 2,000-mile, 20-day torch relay that involves more than 2,000 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina.  All legs of the Torch Run will converge on Raleigh, June 2, with the Final Leg of the relay taking place that evening.  Officers will run the Flame of Hope from Downtown Raleigh (starting from the City of Raleigh Municipal Office at 222 W. Hargett Street) to the 2017 SONC Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at Reynolds Coliseum on North Carolina State University’s campus. Officers will form a Circle of Honor and then light the cauldron during the SONC Summer Games Opening Ceremonies to officially open the Games.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising event for Special Olympics. NC Law enforcement officers’ 2017 goal is to raise $1.3 million for Special Olympics through special events, individual and corporate donations, plus donations for T-shirts and baseball caps.  

The 2017 SONC Summer Games will be held June 2 – June 4 in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs and will include nearly 1,800 athletes from across the state. Athletes will compete in athletics, bowling, cheerleading, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, swimming and volleyball.

Official sponsors of the 2017 NC Torch Run include: Premier Level: Credit Suisse and Walmart Foundation; Gold Level: Prudential Life North Carolina 401k, DMJ, Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment, Mark Jacobson Toyota, Publix, State Employees Combined Campaign and Cafe Carolina and Bakery; Silver Level: AAA Carolinas, HMS Host, UPS and SportClips; Bronze Level: Family Fare, Bob Barker, Relias Learning, DECI, Arthur R Clark, Cisco and Mike Johnson’s Toyota-Hickory; Guardian Partners: Sheetz, Chick-fil-A and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

About the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 4.5 million children and adults around the world who have intellectual disabilities. In 2016, the NC Torch Run efforts resulted in over $1.2 million being raised for SONC.  Nearly 40,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in North Carolina, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world. 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Association of School Resource Officers, NC Association of School Resource Officers, NC Department of Justice and the NC Department of Public Safety.

About Special Olympics North Carolina

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC, https://www.instagram.com/specialolympics_nc and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.

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