Escondido Welcomes Special Olympics Flame of Hope


Flame Serves as a beacon of inspiration to thousands during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg in California

On Saturday July 18, 2015, at 1230pm, The Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, will be carried through the City of Escondido, with a ceremony to be held at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre at about 12:45PM.

Escondido Welcomes Special Olympics Flame of Hope: Speaking at the ceremony will be Special Olympic Athletes, Torch Run dignitaries and Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter. Please join the City of Escondido in welcoming the Special Olympic athletes and Law Enforcement officers as they participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run final leg. Law Enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes are selected by their respected Special Olympics programs to be one of 126 Final Leg Team members based on their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement.

Community members are encouraged to join the celebration, alongside law enforcement to show support for these athletes! Throughout the journey of the Final Leg, law enforcement officers from around the world will be spreading the message of acceptance and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Flame of Hope will complete its journey on July 25 when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team carries it into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Games, and it ignites the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The public can see daily photographs, videos and reports of the Flame’s journey online at: and on social media with #FinalLeg2015 on Facebook and @LETRforSO on Twitter.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit and on social media with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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