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Special Olympics comes to Grape Day Park



A wet Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” on July 18. Photos courtesy of the Special Ilnmpics. Photos by Andrea Kramer. See more photos Page 12.

A wet Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” on July 18. Photos courtesy of the Special Ilnmpics. Photos by Andrea Kramer. See more photos Page 12.

On Saturday July 18 The Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was carried through the City of Escondido, with a ceremony held at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre.

Despite the heavy rain that day the enthusiasm was not dampened as Escondido residents welcomed the Special Olympic athletes and Law Enforcement officers as they participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run final leg.

Law Enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes were selected by their respected Special Olympics programs to be one of 126 Final Leg Team members based on their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement.

Throughout the journey of the Final Leg, law enforcement officers from around the world have been spreading the message of acceptance and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Flame of Hope completed its journey on July 25 when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team carried it into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Games, and it ignited the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The public can see daily photographs, videos and reports of the Flame’s journey online at: LETR-FinalLeg. org and on social media with #FinalLeg2015 on Facebook and @LETRforSO on Twitter.


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