Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen addresses the crowd at the state Law Enforcement Torch Run kickoff ceremony for the Wisconsin Special Olympics. “As the state’s top cop, at least in name anyway, it’s a tremendous honor to be part of a group that raises so much money and gives so many opportunities to these athletes.”
Special Olympics Wisconsin provides sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in 18 different sports year-round. Tyler Derringer of West Allis has been a participant in Special Olympics Wisconsin for nearly two decades. “I’m able to participate in volleyball, basketball, snowshoeing and golf because of the continued support of the Law Enforcement torch run.”
State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald says all members of the state patrol are proud to have supported Special Olympics Wisconsin for more than 25 years. “We certainly look forward to continuing this support for many years to come. You know, as a volunteer and supporter we receive far more than we give through the involvement with the athletes who show tremendous spirit and resolve.”
The Flame of Hope begins its journey across Wisconsin, leading up to the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games in Stevens Point that begin on June 7th.
Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer also on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Special Olympics Wisconsin and pay tribute to law enforcement personnel. “For over 25 years officers have dedicated their limited lives away from their jobs to raise the awareness and funding necessary to help Special Olympics Wisconsin fulfill its mission to provide athletic training and competition to disabled individuals so they can share these invaluable experiences with their friends, their families and their communities.”
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