DIGBY, N.S. – The Law Enforcement Torch Run supports Special Olympics athletes in their journey for excellence and last week made a visit to the region.
The organization’s mandate is to raise money and awareness for athletes locally, nationally and internationally.
This week, from July 31-Aug. 4. Nova Scotia is hosting over 1,460 athletes and coaches from all 10 provinces and two territories at national summer games. The athletes will compete in nine sports (swimming, soccer, softball, athletics, basketball, bocce, power lifting, rhythmic gymnastics and golf).
The Town of Antigonish and St. FX University are hosting the games.
As a tribute to the Special Olympics the Law Enforcement Torch Run ran through Digby on July 27.
Members of the run kicked off their Digby visit at the Visitor Information Centre on Water Street and continued the run to the wharf.
On Saturday, July 28, the torch run ran through Meteghan and Yarmouth.
The organization expects over 5,000 spectators and over 1,500 family members to travel to Antigonish to take in the competition. The 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games is a national competition held every four years as a qualifying event for the World Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics globally. The LETR holds a number of year-round fundraising and awareness events in communities across Canada.
The LETR is supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and have been an active partner of Special Olympics Canada since 1981.
The Torch Run is the most well-known event that the LETR hosts. It is an event in which officers run the Flame of Hope into an Opening Ceremony at local, regional and national competitions. Grown to include a wide range of regional and national events, the LETR have raised more than $63 million in Canada, since its inception.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NOVA SCOTIA
Special Olympics Nova Scotia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for 1,700 local athletes of all ages and abilities.
Special Olympics programs are supported by corporate sponsorship, fundraising activities, government funding, individual donors and the involvement of volunteers in communities across the country.