Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to help welcome the Special Olympics' "Flame of Hope" to Lincoln at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 on the north steps of the State Capitol Building. The Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run began Sunday, July 11 at Iowa State University in Ames, site of the last USA National Games in 2006. The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games will take place in Lincoln from Sunday, July 18 through Friday, July 23.
The Final Leg team will include 110 law enforcement runners, Special Olympics athletes and support team members.
Mayor Beutler, Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner and Colonel Bryan Tuma, Superintendent of Law Enforcement and Public Safety for the Nebraska State Patrol, will be among the speakers, along with two members of the Final Leg team - Lincoln Police Officer Chris Weber and Evan Davis, a Special Olympics athlete. Cheer and Dance Express will lead a pep rally and perform at the ceremony, which will be emceed by Brian Eckleberry, morning co-host on FROGGY 98 FM.
"The Special Olympics' Flame of Hope symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge and life," said Lincoln Police Sgt. Jeri Roeder, a member of the Final Leg support team. "The flame is entrusted in the care of the law enforcement community, and it symbolizes the courage and celebration of diversity that the Special Olympics movement represents."
For more information on the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, contact Final Leg Committee Chair and team captain Michael Teem at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Special Olympics is available at 2010specialolympics.org.