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The City of Fullerton Welcomes the Flame of Hope

The City of Fullerton Welcomes the Flame of Hope

On Monday, July 20th, 2015 the Flame of Hope (the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games 2015) will be carried through the City of Fullerton.  City personnel to include Fire, Parks & Recreation and Police will welcome an international team of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.  A ceremony and welcome reception will be held in the 200 block of West Commonwealth Avenue (on Highland Avenue between Amerige Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue), at 07:45 a.m.

We invite members of the Fullerton community to join City staff in welcoming the law enforcement officers who serve as the Guardians of the Flame of Hope and the Special Olympics athletes as they enter the welcome area on Highland Avenue between Amerige Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.  Attendees will have the opportunity to cheer the runners, enjoy refreshments, and hear first-hand accounts of the ways that Special Olympics inspires and touches the hearts of people around the world.  

The ceremony will include brief presentations from Police Chief Dan Hughes, City Manager Joe Felz, and Mayor Greg Sebourn, as well as brief speeches from two members of the Final Leg Team: Commander Joe Alton of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Brett Laza, a 23-year-old Special Olympics athlete from California.  Both have been chosen by their respective local Special Olympics programs to participate in the 126-member Final Leg Team, based on their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement. 

As the Flame of Hope travels throughout California, members of the Final Leg Team will continue to spread the message of acceptance and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  This long journey will be completed on July 25th, when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team delivers the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 World Games.  The torch will used to ignite the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  The public will be able to see daily photographs, videos and reports on the Flame of Hope’s progress online at www.letr.finalleg.org, on Facebook at www.facebooks.com/LA2015, and @LETRforSO on Twitter, and using #FinalLeg2015 on social media. 

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.