Desoto County News

Torch run for Special Olympics

Photo credit: DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on Facebook

A Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Mississippi was held Monday morning, May 8 in Hernando at the DeSoto County Courthouse.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. 

Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. 

Annually, more than 100,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. 

Since its inception, the run has raised over $900 million.

Video courtesy of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

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