The Special Olympic games of Virginia are this weekend in Richmond. On Wednesday morning the torch to start the games came through Hampton Roads. The event was the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and the Norfolk Police Department were the participants.
The annual event carries the flame of hope throughout Virginia and raises money to help benefit the Special Olympics and the event’s athletes. The VB-Norfolk stretch saw the Sheriff’s Office start at the BJ’s on Virginia Beach Boulevard, and then run 4.5 miles, handing it off to the NPD near the intersection of Virginia Beach Blvd. and Newtown Road.
Last year, $88,731 was raised by Hampton Roads for the Special Olympics through the torch run alone. All together, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised $560 million for the games with 46 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and all 50 states taking part since it’s inception in 1981.
The opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics of Virginia take place on June 10 at the University of Richmond’s Robins Stadium. If you are interested in attending the games or making a donation, check out the website for more information.