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Oxford and Anniston Participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

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Oxford and Anniston, AL  – On Wednesday, May 15, the communities of Oxford and Anniston came together for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics, an event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. The mission of LETR is to unite law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes in carrying the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage, unity, and the celebration of diversity.

In Oxford, the event took on a festive atmosphere as school children were invited to join a walk around downtown rather than a traditional run. This inclusive approach allowed participants of all ages and abilities to engage with the cause and show their support for Special Olympics athletes.

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge highlighted the significance of the event in a statement to the Calhoun Journal: “Running with the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch is more than a race—it’s a symbol of unity, strength, and unwavering support for every athlete’s journey to greatness. We are proud to be a small part of this event.”

In Anniston law enforcement officers and community members participated in the symbolic relay. Anniston Police Chief Nick Bowles expressed his pride in the event and its cause, stating, “We are honored to be a part of this statewide event and I hope that it grows every year for this noble cause.”

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is known as the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics globally. Each year, over 97,000 law enforcement members participate, carrying the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local, state, provincial, national, regional, and world Special Olympics competitions. The flame represents the hope for inclusion and acceptance, bringing together communities worldwide.

The events in Oxford and Anniston are part of a broader effort to support Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The funds raised through LETR help ensure that these athletes have the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Oxford and Anniston not only raised crucial funds but also fostered a spirit of community and solidarity. Participants, including local law enforcement officers, Special Olympics athletes, school children, and residents, demonstrated a shared commitment to supporting and celebrating the achievements of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

As the “Flame of Hope” was carried through the streets of Oxford and Anniston, it served as a powerful reminder of the strength and unity that comes from communities working together for a common cause. The event’s success underscores the importance of continuing to support Special Olympics and the remarkable athletes who inspire with their dedication and resilience.

*Oxford Photos taken by East Alabama Now

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*Anniston Photos Courtesy of Anniston Police Department

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