South Plains' law enforcement to start Special Olympics torch run - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/26/10

South Plains' law enforcement to start Special Olympics torch run

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Area law enforcement officers will start their leg of the annual torch run to benefit Special Olympics Wednesday morning.  Lubbock Police, along with Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies, Plainview Police, and Adult Probation Officers will start the run from the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center around 8:00 a.m.

It's the 21st year folks from our area have taken part.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run actually started in Kansas back in 1981. Texas agencies started taking part in 1985, and Texas' is now one of the largest in the world. Since it began, authorities here have raised more than $12-million, and now more than 185 agencies take part.

Lubbock Police Officer Ed Day says it's an awesome experience. "It's an extremely worthy cause; these athletes, they work hard every year. They don't get the same recognition that other athletes do, and this is our chance to be able to get out there and support them and show them that we do care and we want to give them the recognition they deserve," Day said. 

South Plains' officers are scheduled to be joined by Special Olympic athletes in a run from the civic center to the Byron Martin Center at 34th and Avenue Q Tuesday morning. Then, runners will head down to Sweetwater and switch-off with other agencies as they make their way to Arlington.

That's where the Texas Special Olympics Summer Games will be held, with opening ceremonies scheduled to start Friday.  (Click Here) for more information and details on how to pledge your support.

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