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Knocking down international borders: Law Enforcement Torch Run makes its way to Scotland


Thu, Aug 16th 2018 05:00 pm
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Aug. 8, 2018, will be etched in history as the first time the Flame of Hope was carried in Scotland. Guided by New York State Police Staff Inspector Steven Nigrelli, the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through the streets of Stirling, as the Flame of Hope was carried into the European Special Olympics Games as part of their 40th anniversary opening ceremony.
Officials said bringing the Law Enforcement Torch Run to Scotland wasn't just about running with a torch, it was about bringing the world closer to the goal of conveying awareness to the talents, hopes and dreams of the athletes of Special Olympics. Moving this forward into other countries gives added hope to unify all people to inclusion. In doing so, the world will be a better place both on and off the playing field.
"Being able to carry the Flame of Hope with Special Olympics athletes through the streets of Scotland and up to the Stirling Castle was the honor of a lifetime," said Nigrelli, a Special Olympics New York and International Law Enforcement Torch Run executive council member. "Even for me, a 24-year Torch Run veteran, bringing the Law Enforcement Torch Run to this great country was something I will never forget."
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
The Olympic flame symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge and life. With identical power and majesty, the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, in the entrusted care of the law enforcement community, symbolizes the courage and celebration of diversity that the Special Olympics movement represents.
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. There are 66,835 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information, visit specialolympicsny.org. #SpecialOlympicsNY
About Law Enforcement Torch Run
Known as "Guardians of the Flame," law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into opening ceremonies of local, state, national and world games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the Flame of Hope annually.

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