32nd Annual Special Olympics Torch Run Gets Underway At Florida Capitol

Apr 16, 2015

Attorney General Pam Bondi on the steps of the Old Florida Capitol, joined by Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera, law enforcement, and Special Olympic athletes.
Credit Attorney General Pam Bondi's twitter

Attorney General Pam Bondi along with Florida’s Lieutenant Governor and law enforcement officials helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday to benefit those with developmental disabilities.

“Are you having fun,” asked Bondi to cheers, as she greeted many of the Special Olympic athletes.

Bondi welcomed the hundreds of law enforcement and Special Olympic athletes as they descended on the Capitol Courtyard as part of a 1,500 mile run through Florida’s 67 counties.

“The special Olympics was founded in 1968 by the late great Eunice Kennedy Shriver who devoted her entire life to improving the welfare of people with intellectual disabilities,” said Bondi.  “And, I think most of you know that I have a 10-year-old niece with Down Syndrome. So, you know this has a very special place in my heart.”

This is the 32nd year of the Torch Run where law enforcement joined by Special Olympic athletes carry the Olympic torch called the “Flame of Hope” throughout the state as part of the run that raises money.

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