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"Flame of Hope" makes its way through Albany

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In two weeks athletes from across Georgia will head to Atlanta for the Special Olympic summer games. This morning the "Flame of Hope", which will light the Olympic caldron, made its way through Albany.

Dougherty County and Albany police officers along with sheriff's deputies and ASU police had their running shoes on as they gathered downtown for the kickoff of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

In its 28th year, the event is the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics Georgia and its 23,000 athletes.

"A couple of weeks ago we held the Krispy Kreme Cops on Donuts and raised $13,000. This is another event we have. We're going to run 5 miles to Publix and pass the torch off to Terrell County. It benefits these athletes that get to the Special Olympics without having to pay out of their pockets," said Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

Over 100 and 1,000 officers take part in the two week torch run event statewide.

The Special Olympics summer games begin May 29th at Emory University.

 

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