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

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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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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.