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6/6/2017 - Law Enforcement, Finish Line Support Special Olympics Indiana through Summer Games Relay Event
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Run Unified Relay fundraiser concludes June 9 with a special 4x100-meter relay at Indiana State University
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Through their involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Special Olympics Indiana, officers representing eight law enforcement agencies across the state are raising money before taking part in the organizations inaugural Run Unified Relay during Summer Games on Friday.
Each officer will be teamed up with two Special Olympics athletes and a representative of Special Olympics Indiana champion sponsor Finish Line for a unique 4 x 100-meter relay designed to highlight the Unified Sports movement, joining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team and the same playing field as a means for promoting inclusion and mutual respect.
The event will include a brief ceremony with an introduction by Indiana State University President Daniel Bradley and an awards presentation by Finish Line. Michele Barrett, Assistant Chief of the Indiana State University Police Department, will be the honorary starter of the race and fire the starting pistol.
WHAT:Inaugural Run Unified Relay
Special Event during Summer Games
WHEN:Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public; media check-in at Olympic Town
WHERE:Gibson Track & Field Complex
(Parking at 1st St. and Sycamore St.)
Indiana State University
200 N. 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
WHY:To raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Indiana and, through Unified Sports, to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences.
WHO:Law enforcement officers from the Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sherriffs Office, Indiana State University Police Department, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Greensburg Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police and the Indiana State Police; Special Olympics Indiana athletes representing 15 counties across the state; runners and executives representing Finish Line and the Finish Line Youth Foundation; Indiana State University President Daniel Bradley
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 13,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency, and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.
ABOUT THE 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA SUMMER GAMES
Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics athletes and unified partners representing 63 delegations will participate in the organizations largest annual sporting event, with competitions scheduled in a variety of sports for June 9-11 in Terre Haute. An additional 1,100 coaches and 1,500 volunteers are expected, along with family members and supporters. The Games are open to the public and free to attend. Read the full 2017 Summer Games press release to learn more.
ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics, engaging law enforcement worldwide as champions for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since inception, LETR has raised more than half a billion dollars and changed millions of attitudes.
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