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Special Olympics Illinois

Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics to kick off June 10.

Starting Sunday, June 10, about 3,000 law enforcement across Illinois will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® to help raise money for the Special Olympics Illinois.

The Torch Run is largest year-round fundraising event for the Special Olympics Illinois. Illinois officers will run over 1,500 miles carrying the "Flame of Hope" through the streets of their hometowns. On Friday, June 15, all the participants will meet at Illinois State University's Hancock Staduim in Normal, the site of the State Summer Games. The "Flame of Hope"  will be handed off to Special Olympic athletes.

According to Special Olympics Illinois president and CEO Dave Breen, the athletes participating in Special Olympics Illinois are able to do so free of charge because of the Torch Run.

Eric Smith, director of the Torch Run and Chief of the Sherman Police Department, says the Torch Run is a genuine project since it helps Special Olympic athletes experience sports and competition while building life skills.

For more information about the Torch Run contact your local law enforcement agency or Matt Johnson at Special Olympics Illinois at 1-800-394-0562 or email mjohnson@soill.org.

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