Carrying the Torch for Special Athletes

An Olympic torch was carried across meridian Tuesday morning.

The Special Olympics torch is making its way across Mississippi this week. The state games are set for this weekend at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

Police officers and deputies are carrying the torch of hope in behalf of the athletes. The torch run started Monday in Southaven.

"It's important, because athletes give so much. They give their hearts," said local organizer, Ricardo Clayton, an investigator and D.A.R.E. officer with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "And all we're asking is to raise the awareness, that the public may give back to them, you know, and recognize them in their efforts."

"We enjoy taking part in the community, giving back something to ones that need it," said Bart Grimes, assistant warden of security at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

The Special Olympics volunteers carried the torch on to Jackson after the Meridian stop. Three teams are working this week to cover all parts of Mississippi.

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