Law enforcement carries torch for Special Olympics

Staff Report

Beginning Sunday law enforcement throughout the state will be running through their communities to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

Through the week 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement will cover the 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run.

On Sunday at 12 p.m. officers from the Belvidere Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department will run through Belvidere.

On Wednesday, June 10 Rockford Police Officers, Rockford Park District Police Officers, Loves Park Police Officers, Rock Valley College Police Officers, South Beloit Police Officers, Rockton Police Officers, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies, Illinois State Police Troopers and agents with the FBI will carry the Flame of Hope through the streets of South Beloit, Rockton, Machesney Park, Loves Park and Rockford beginning at 6 a.m.

The Rockford Run will begin at the RocVale Children’s Home, 4450 N. Rockton Avenue at approximately 9 a.m. Rockford Police Officers will welcome the runners coming from South Beloit, Rockton, Loves Park and Machesney Park.

Milestone Special Olympics athletes will cheer on the officers and pose for photographs before sending the Rockford Police Officers on their trek through the City.

After completing the Rockford run the Flame of Hope will travel to Oregon and Rochelle where the Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Rochelle Police Department will carry the torch through their communities.

The Flame will then travel to Sterling where the Illinois State Police District 1 Troopers, Sterling Police Officers and other area officers will carry the torch through Sterling.

Finally the Torch will travel to Mendota and will be carried by Mendota Police Officers through their community.

Since its inception in 1986 the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised over $30 million.

Special Olympics Illinois (SO ILL) provides year-round training and competition in 19 different sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Currently, SO ILL serves more than 21,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and nearly 13,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) with and without intellectual disabilities.

All athletes participate at no cost to themselves or their families.

For more information on the Torch Run and other Special Olympics Illinois events and programs visit soill.org.

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