Special Olympics torch comes to Bay Area

June 2, 2008 3:11:37 PM PDT
The Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" Law Enforcement Torch Run will make its way through the Bay Area this morning to culminate the Northern California Summer Games.SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RUN TRAVELS THROUGH BAY AREA The Law Enforcement Torch Run has become the single largest supporter of the Special Olympics that benefits 13,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. More than 500 federal, military, state, county and local law enforcement agencies participate in the run, which started on Friday in Placer County. Since 1995, northern California law enforcement has raised $7.7 million. This year's goal is to raise $850,000. The Flame of Hope will end its journey at the University of California, Berkeley on Friday. Starting Friday, more than 900 athletes from Northern California are scheduled to compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis, track and field and volleyball.