Special Olympics Torch Passes Through the Northland

Law Enforcement Officers Are Escorting the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games

DULUTH, Minn. – The Flame of Hope is on its way to the Minnesota Special Olympic Games. As it travels from Thunder Bay, Canada to Apple Valley, Minnesota, the torch made some stops in the Northland.

Law enforcement officers from across Minnesota are escorting the torch through the state to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

“Communities have come out all the way from Grand Portage, the Canadian boarder, Grand Marais, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, and now in Duluth,” says Matt O’Hara, Deputy with the Washing County Sheriff Department. “Just the community outpouring has been great.”

The Duluth Police Department biked the flame through town today, escorted by squad cars, to show their continued support for all the local athletes and families involved with the games.

“The special Olympic athletes love to see officers in uniform,” says Ryan Temple of the Duluth Police Department. “They look up to us, we look up to them. They’ve got difficulties in their life that they don’t even think twice about. We just love to support them and be a part of their community also.”

The Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games open Thursday at Eastview High School in Apple Valley and run through Saturday.

For more information about the games or to get involved, visit their website at: http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/

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