COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia’s Special Olympic Summer Games are right around the corner. Local law enforcement agencies teamed up Wednesday morning to raise awareness for Special Olympics in Georgia.
About 60 runners ran in the 33rd Torch Run Wednesday. The Columbus Police Department, FBI and Sheriff’s Office all participated in the Torch Run.
Rebecca Walsh with Special Olympics Georgia says the Torch Run helps create awareness for the 27,000 plus athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. She says without the support from law enforcement, some of the athletes would not have the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympic Games.
“Gives them the opportunity to really shine at all of these events. So all of these law enforcement departments including Columbus PD, they create the opportunity for these athletes to have that they probably wouldn’t have otherwise,” Walsh said.
Major Wanna Baker-Wright says the Columbus Police Department has a passion for the Special Olympics.
“Like I say, it’s a fundraiser that we do for the children. Our department always want to do something to help with children in this area,” she said.
Five state games are held throughout Georgia for Special Olympic athletes. The Summer Games will be held at Emory University in Atlanta this weekend. There will be more than 3,000 athletes competing.