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Special Olympics Illinois Holds A Torch Run


Officers Levine and Bogdala Carry the Torch


egional law enforcement organizations like, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Lake County, Waukegan and North Chicago participated in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run with a stated goal to raise money for Special Olympics and gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics.

Approximately, 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state are involved in the Torch Run. The Flame of Hope / Torch is carried nearly

1,500 miles from June 10 to June 15, running thru thousands of Illinois communities via 23 distinct routes to its final destination being the Special Olympics Summer Games in Normal, IL on June 15.

The Torch was ignited at 6:00 am on Sunday, June 10th at Stateline and Sheridan Road in Winthrop Harbor with a designation in the Leg 6 Route of Evanston. Leg 6 is just one of the 23 distinct legs / routes throughout the State of Illinois. The same Torch will eventually make its way to Normal, Illinois for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Summer Games on June 15th.

The year 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary for Special Olympics. Special Olympics will be celebrating 50 years at its birthplace being Chicago, IL during the weekend of July 17, thru July 21, 2018. More information can be found on this celebration by visiting http://www.specialolympics50.org.

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.


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