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Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope Passes through the Tampa Convention Center

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On its journey across the state, the 2018 Florida Special Olympics Flame of Hope made a special stop at the Tampa Convention Center yesterday, where the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office made a generous donation to this inspiring sporting event.

Each year, the Flame of Hope is carried over 1,500 miles throughout Florida before arriving at its final destination. Which, this year, is the Wide World of Sports Stadium in Disney World. Law enforcement officers and military personnel carried the Flame of Hope from county to county as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Tradition.

Yesterday, the Flame of Hope arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, where soldiers carried it to Ballast Point. From there, the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office proudly hoisted the torch to the Tampa Convention Center where it was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of athletes.

Here, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan presented a $40,000 check to support the Florida Special Olympics and its inspiring athletes. This money was raised through Torch Run t-shirt and cap sales as well as donations from individuals and businesses.

The Tampa Convention Center was proud to be part of this inspiring event. For more information about the Florida Special Olympics, visit