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Local Members of Law Enforcement Join in Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Upcoming Special Olympics


Image courtesy of the Homer Police Department

On Saturday, morning June 8th around 10, the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run took place on Main Street in the Village of Homer. The run began at the Homer Fire Station and ended at Durkee Park. The run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics, which take place this weekend in Ithaca.

Participating in the run included Olympians, officers with the Homer Police, Cortland County Sheriff’s, Cortland City Police, Cortland University Police, the NYS Unified Courts and the NYS Police. Members of the Homer Fire Department also participated and assisted in traffic control.

This year’s games will have athletes competing in eight different sports at various venues. Venues include: Ithaca College for the Opening/Closing ceremonies, Swimming, Basketball, Gymnastics, Powerlifting and Volleyball, Ithaca High School for Track & Field, Midway Lanes for bowling, and Cornell University for Tennis.

Image courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 45,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 300 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers.

The games are expected to bring in at least 1,200 athletes and coaches from all over the state.

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