Aaron Smith with the Biloxi Police Department visited Vicksburg to assist with the law enforcement’s Special Olympic Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 with then Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. In 1983, the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed the Torch Run after being presented by LaMunyon in 1983. Since then, it has grown to become the Special Olympics’ largest public awareness and fundraising group.
The goal is to raise awareness and sell merchandise to help send kids and those with special needs to the Special Olympics who otherwise would not be able to afford to go.
“We run different runs with different cities throughout the week,” stated Smith.
Members of law enforcement and Special Olympic athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” to local competitions as well as state, provincial, national, regional and world games. Over 97,000 law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope each year.
Smith states he will be in Natchez on Thursday and eventually will head back down to Biloxi and surrounding cities.
The state’s fall games will be in Hattiesburg on Oct. 23.