U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers will join together Wednesday on the Rainbow Bridge carrying the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics New York.
For the 29th year in New York, law enforcement officials have carried the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout various communities raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. With the 2015 Special Olympics State Summer Games coming to an end this past weekend at SUNY Brockport, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will now pass the torch to Canadian partners as they carry the Flame of Hope into their Summer Games.
Passing of the Special Olympics Torch will end the 2015 Torch Run season with "Badges on the Border" starting at 11:30 a.m. on Goat Island. It will travel down Buffalo Avenue to Fourth Street, down Niagara Street and ending on the Rainbow Bridge.
The torch will travel onto the Rainbow Bridge at noon as U.S. officers meet up with their Canadian counterparts and light the cauldron signifying unity.
Representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Air Force, Marine Corp, Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, New York State Police, New York State Parks Police, Erie County Sheriff's Department, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Town of Tonawanda Police, Dewitt Police, Kenmore Police, North Tonawanda Police, Lockport Police, Lewiston Police Department, Buffalo Police Department and Lewiston Town Court Police will participate in this international event.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the Flame of Hope to their local and state Special Olympic games, law enforcement officials organize and conduct additional fundraising initiatives throughout the year. In 2014, more than $46 million was raised internationally through LETR events. More than $1.8 million was raised last year for New York athletes through LETR fundraisers.
Special Olympics New York has 65,665 athletes who compete and train in Olympic-style sports throughout the year, always at no cost to them or their families.