Yuma, Arizona - The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics kicks off this year all around the state beginning Sunday, April 22, 2012. The Special Olympics opening ceremonies for the Arizona State Olympic Games begin on Friday and continue throughout the weekend.
Yuma area law enforcement agencies are responsible for Leg 5 of the relay and are scheduled to begin at the Arizona Port of Entry located just north of 1st Street and 4th Avenue at 6:30 am on Wednesday, April 25. The run with continue on 4th Avenue to 32nd Street and conclude at the Wal-Mart, 8151 E 32nd St. Between 9:00 to 9:30 am, there will be a brief reception at Wal-Mart that will involve Special Olympics Yuma and city officials.
The Flame of Hope will continue its journey towards Mesa, Arizona for the opening ceremonies of the 36th Annual Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games at Mesa Community College on Friday, April 27th.
The community and local media are encouraged to come out to support and cheer on the runners to include joining us at the reception at Wal-Mart. The torch run, along with other fundraisers put on in the community by the various law enforcement agencies help raise funds for the Special Olympic Athletes of Yuma.
With your generous support, the Yuma Police Department has raised over $17,000 with successful fundraisers such as the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge, Tip-A-Cop and the Scary & Safe Trick or Treat at the Yuma Territorial Prison.
Agencies participating in this years’ run include:, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE); Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), San Luis Police Department, Yuma County Adult Probation, Arizona Department of Corrections, Marine Corps Air Station Provost Marshall’s Office (US Marine Corps), Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center, Somerton Police Department, Yuma County Superior Court, Ak-Chin Police Department, United States Customs Border Protection (U.S. Border Patrol), Quechan Police Department, Cocopah Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and Yuma Police Department.