Carrying the Torch for Special Athletes

Law enforcement officers Tuesday carried the torch for Mississippi Special Olympics in Meridian.

The torch run helps raise awareness of how Special Olympics benefits the athletes and the community.

Seventy-five athletes from Area 5 will be among those competing in the Mississippi Summer Games.

"Well, this is wonderful, because the law enforcement starts on the north end of the state and they escort the torch to the coast," said Steve Owen, director of Area 5 Special Olympics. "They run it from town to town and they come to places like this and a small torch-running ceremony. And this is one's a large one today. We're very excited about it."

"What we're trying to do is show unity in law enforcement agencies," said Deputy Ricardo Clayton of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "There were multiple agencies out to participate in the torch run today. The torch run is, like I say, carrying the flame of hope and raising awareness for our Special Olympics athletes."

The Special Olympics Summer Games will be held this weekend at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

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