Yesterday, officers from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies teamed up to carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope from MacDill Air Force Base to the Tampa Convention Center.
85,000 law enforcement officers across the globe are participating in this year’s Torch Run to raise funds for the Special Olympics. In Florida alone, the Flame of Hope has traveled thousands of miles, being handed off county to county.
In its journey across the state, the Flame of Hope made a special stop outside the Tampa Convention Center, where officers were able to cool off and refuel at The Sail.
While here, law enforcement officers presented the Special Olympics of Florida with a $40,000 check to support their mission and athletes. This money was largely raised through the sale of the popular ‘Torch Run’ t-shirts as well as other local fundraisers.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest PR event and fundraiser organized by the Special Olympics each year.
The Tampa Convention Center was proud to greet the officers and see the Flame of Hope yet again. For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit: www.specialolympicsflorida.org/get-involved/law-enforcement-torch-run/
See a video recap of the event from Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office: http://bit.ly/2LlUGbj
**Photo courtesy of the Tampa Police Department