Today, on the steps of the California State Capitol, Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from all over the world, and World Games officials were welcomed by Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for the launch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg. The historic Final Leg will visit and hold ceremonies in 127 cities, towns and communities and travel 4,648 miles on three routes throughout the state before lighting the cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on July 25.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. More than 100,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 47 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games.
The LETR Final Leg for the 2015 World Games, presented by Bank of America, will take place from July 13-July 25. A team of 124 members – which includes 88 law enforcement officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes, and logistics personnel – will serve as Guardians of the Flame as they run the Flame of Hope throughout the state. Law Enforcement Torch Runners from around the world were chosen for their dedication and commitment to the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics by their respective Torch Run Programs. Special Olympics athletes were selected to be a part of the Final Leg Team based on nominations received from around the world.