Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Special Olympics Torch Lighting, Kickoff

May 22, 2013

The Special Olympics torch, one of the most recognizable icons in the world of sport, will once again come to flickering life in Richmond tomorrow.

The Richmond Police Department is proud to join Special Olympics Virginia as they officially light the "Flame of Hope" and kick off the Law Enforcement Torch Run at noon at the SunTrust Center, 919 E. Main St.

The ceremony commences the countdown to the Summer Games, being held at the University of Richmond, June 7 and 8. More than 100 officers from across Virginia will meet in support of the event with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and State Police Superintendent W. Stephen Flaherty, the 2013 State Chairman for the Torch Run.

Beginning June 1, officers across Virginia will carry the Flame on the 1,900-mile Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Richmond Police Department will participate in the Torch Run’s Capitol Leg, a 7-mile stretch west from the State Capitol to the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad in Henrico on June 7.
Richmond Police also will participate in the Torch Run’s Final Leg, starting 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rescue Squad and ending at the University of Richmond Robins Center for the start of the Special Olympics games, which the Torch Run benefits.
This year law enforcement agencies in Virginia have raised more than one million dollars to fund the important missions of Special Olympics.

For more information on Special Olympics Virginia, visit <