Public Encouraged to Be Torchbearers
(Raleigh, NC)- North Carolina will be part of the national Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America June 1-5 in an effort to mobilize and unite the nation in celebrating the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles in July.
The relay is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and is open to the public to participate. Anyone can sign up to fundraise as an individual torchbearer or as a team of torchbearers (up to 15 members) for a half-mile walk, run, or skate segment or a five-mile bike segment along the NC route. Participants can sign up at www.unifiedrelay.org.
Nationally, the relay will take place in all 50 US states over the course of 46 days in a hand-to-hand exchange led by celebrity and Special Olympics athlete co-captains and more than 20,000 supporters.
Three separate relays will run concurrently through the contingent U.S., originating in Augusta, Maine, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Fla. North Carolina is a part of the southern route which will begin in Miami on May 26. Special Olympics NC athlete Zach Commander of Elizabeth City will serve as the athlete co-captain for the southern route.
The Unified Relay will enter the North Carolina on June 1 in Fayetteville and then travel onto Raleigh, Cary and Durham on June 2. On June 3, the route heads through Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro continuing on to Burlington and Greensboro. On June 4, the Relay will pass through Greensboro and Winston-Salem on its way to Concord and Charlotte. Finally on June 5, the torch will travel around Charlotte and on to Belmont and Gastonia before exiting into South Carolina. At the end of each day, a free celebration concert will be held for the public’s enjoyment. Participants can find out more specific information on the NC route at www.specialolympicsnc.com and questions about the Unified Relay in NC can be sent to email@example.com.
Special Olympics is changing the world through sport, creating respectful and inclusive communities every day, everywhere. Funds raised from the Unified Relay will go to Special Olympics to provide sports training, competition opportunities and additional programming that empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.
Special Olympics North Carolina has four athletes and six coaches who are members of Special Olympics USA and will attend the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25-Aug. 2, in Los Angeles. Kathleen Degnan of Mecklenburg County will compete in tennis; Starr Klutz of Cabarrus County will compete in aquatics; Allison Douglas of Davidson County will compete in equestrian; and Randy Rogers of Guilford/Greensboro will compete in golf.
ESPN and ABC are the Official Media Partners of the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America. Additional corporate supporters of the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America include Microsoft, Toyota and Homeaway.
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. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.
About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail banking offices and approximately 15,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 17 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.