The Flame of Hope, the official torch of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, will be carried through the City of Santa Clarita on Friday, July 17, 2015. A special ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Westfield Valencia Town Center (between Sisley Italian Kitchen and TGI Fridays).
The City will welcome the law enforcement officers who serve as the Guardians of the Flame of Hope and the Special Olympic athletes as they participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. Law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes are selected by their respective Special Olympics programs to be one the of the 126 Final Leg Team members based on their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement.
Community members are encouraged to join the celebration alongside law enforcement to express support for the athletes. Throughout the journey of the Final Leg, law enforcement officers from around the world will be spreading the message of acceptance and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The Flame of Hope will complete its journey on July 25 when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team carries it into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Games and ignites the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Santa Clarita will also act as a Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” from July 21-24, 2015 by welcoming athletes into the community and providing them with relaxing, fun-filled and culturally immersive experiences throughout their stay.
For more information about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit LA2015.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, visit LETR-FinalLeg.org and on Facebook and Twitter.