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Northwest Kansas officers carry Special Olympics torch

andy lambertAugust 23, 2013

Sherman County officers had the honor of carrying the “Flame of Hope” through Goodland this morning.

 

According to Kansas Special Olympics representatives, around 950 officers from nearly 90 agencies have carried the torch throughout 29 counties in the state. Over Aug. 21 through Aug. 23, officers carried the torch in Plainville, Stockton, Hoxie, Atwood and Goodland.

Photo courtesy of Sherman County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

 

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of statewide runs which travel approximately 1500 miles throughout the state,” Luke Schulte said in a KSSO news release.

 

The LETR  began in Wichita in 1981 with just six runners. Now, The Torch Run has grown into an international program with thousands of law enforcement personnel participating in the largest fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. The 2012 efforts raised $502,000 in support of Special Olympics Kansas programs.

 

The famous Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Kansas will happen Sept. 6th and 7th in northwest Kansas. The two trips are Oakley to Colby and Goodland to Colby.

 

Officers guide the "Flame of Hope" down Goodland's Main Street. Photo courtesy of Steve Wescott

Officers guide the “Flame of Hope” down Goodland’s Main Street. Photo courtesy of Steve Wescott

According to the Kansas Special Olympics website, the Kansas Convoy is the largest ruck convoy in the world, with thousands of drivers raising funds and awareness for the event. The Kansas Convoy ranked third overall last year, raising almost $60,000.

 

For more information on the upcoming Truck Convoy, visit the NWKS Special Olympics Truck Convoy page on Facebook.

 

This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Based upon News Release from KSSO offices. Photograph courtesies from Sherman County Sheriff’s Office and Steve Wescott

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