Homer Police Department was named this year’s host agency for the Special Olympics NY “Law Enforcement Torch Run,” coming up next Saturday (June 12).
Police agencies from across the area will join athletes and carry the “Flame of Hope” along Main Street in the village. Their run starts at 10am at the Homer Fire Department, ending at Durkee Park where athletes and officers will have breakfast together.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is held to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.
“Residents can show their support for this event by cheering on the athletes on June 12 as they run along North Main St to the park,” said Homer police chief Bob Pitman. “Representatives from Special Olympics will also be at the park if anyone would like to donate.
Special Olympics NY and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) also celebrate an ongoing 2021 Unified Basketball season.
Teams across the state have been back on the courts in recent weeks, following a year-long hiatus due to the global health pandemic.
Unified Sports bring athletes with and without disabilities together as teammates.
Most programs — including several locally in Cortland and Homer — offer bowling and/or basketball.
Statewide, Special Olympics New York partners with nearly 250 Unified Champion Schools and 10,000 participating students.