The following is a press release from Special Olympics Louisiana:
Local officers will carry the "Flame of Hope" for Special Olympics Louisiana throughout the area on Wednesday, May 19. Law Enforcement Officers from over 6 agencies will be participating to bring awareness to Special Olympics Louisiana and the upcoming State Summer Games.
The Lake Charles leg of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run details:
Date: May 19, 2010
Time: 8:00am until 11:00am
Location: It will start at -Lake Charles Civic Center
It will end at – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation's Special Olympics Summer Games. The Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games will be held May 21-23, 2010 on the campus of Southeastern LA University in Hammond. Officers will carry the torch from all points of the state beginning Monday, May 17. Then, they will conduct a ceremonial lighting on the capitol steps the morning of Friday, May 21 and finally the run will culminate at the Opening Ceremonies on the evening of May 21. The final leg of the run will begin at 6:30 PM in Hammond and will end at SLU's Strawberry Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games. Photo and interview opportunities will be available at the end of the run. For more information about this run, the final leg run, or the 2010 State Summer Games please log onto www.laso.org.
Agencies participating are: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Oberlin Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Allen Correctional, Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, Kinder Police Department, and Louisiana Coast Guard.
Special Olympics Louisiana's Law Enforcement Torch Run hosts various fundraising events in all areas of the state year round. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics' largest annual grass roots fund raising and public awareness campaign. This year the Torch Run is celebrating its 27th year. Over 2,000 officers carry the "Flame of Hope" throughout Louisiana and work year-round conducting other fund raising activities for Special Olympics Louisiana. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run or events in your area, visit www.laso.org.
Sponsors of the event are: Valero St. Charles Refinery, Walmart, Smokin' Blues and BBQ Challenge, AT&T, LA Wildlife Agents Association, IREM Louisiana – Chapter 55, Paragon Casino and Resort, Louisiana Masons, CLECO, Grand Casino Coushatta, Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police, Louisiana Sheriff's Association, Treasure Chest Casino, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Interactive E-solutions LLC, and Rotolo's Pizzeria.
Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org.
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