Before a single Special Olympics athlete approaches the starting line of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games June 14-21 in New Jersey, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” on a once in a lifetime journey. Officer James Virgil with the Kenner Police Department is among those who will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Final Leg team consists of 52 law enforcement officers representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia and six Special Olympics athletes who will conduct multiple, extensive runs and ceremonies in cities, towns and communities in and around New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, June 11-15, raising awareness about the 2014 USA Games and Special Olympics. The Final Leg culminates with the Final Leg Team delivering the Flame of Hope to the 2014 USA Games’ Opening Ceremony at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on June 15. Learn more about the 2014 SO USA Games.
Do you want to stay connected with the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games? If so, head over to the USA Games website or go to the App Store or Google Play so you can download the official app today! The app features event info, schedules, maps, social media links, and athlete profiles! This is a great way to stay connected to USA Games from any location.
When you download the app, be sure to search the athlete profiles for Team Louisiana!
It’s the Final Stretch! Team Louisiana will be heading to New Jersey in a week. Our delegation has been practicing, training and keeping fit. The bags are almost packed and they are ready to go and represent our state. Team Louisiana has done their part, but we need help from you. We still have money to raise to send the team to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. If you are going, know someone who is going, or just want to help, please donate! With your help, Team Louisiana will know that we are behind them and want them to bring home the Gold!
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are in 12 days and Team Louisiana is ready! Listen to Brock (also known as HOD), Craig (also known as A HOD), and Samantha our Youth Leader talk about the events leading up to and during the games in this podcast.
If you would like to donate to Team Louisiana, please click here. Every contribution counts!
Our 101 athletes, partners, and coaches are ready to take the journey, but need your help! If you have a business or part of an organization, we want you to be a part of helping our athletes get to USA Games by sponsoring one or more of our athletes. It will cost us $1,000 per delegation member to send to New Jersey.
For more information about Team Louisiana, click here or you can also donate to Team Louisiana by clicking here. If you have any questions, please click here.
Be sure to check out a video featuring our athletes below!