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Governor to light the flame of hope for Special Olympics Georgia at state capitol press conference

May 15, 2012

ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Nathan Deal and members of the Final Leg team will light the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Georgia athletes at 9 a.m. Friday on the front steps of the state capitol on the Washington Street side.

The torch has been passed across the state by law enforcement officers for the last two weeks and will make its final resting stop at the State Summer Games Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Emory University.

The torch passing is part of a press conference to announce the 2012 Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Georgia.

Once Governor Nathan Deal and a Special Olympics Georgia athlete light the torch, they will pass it off to members of the 2012 Final Leg Torch Run. The officers represented by Atlanta Police Department, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, US Marshalls Service, MARTA Police Department, and several other agencies across the state will take the torch and begin their final leg of the run through downtown Atlanta and make their way onto Emory’s campus.

Slated to speak at the press conference are: Detective Ed Christian, Law Enforcement Torch Run State Director, Governor Deal, and Paige Copeland, Special Olympics Athlete & Torch Run Athlete Ambassador.

The torch represents the “Flame of Hope” that law enforcement officers pass on to athletes before they begin competition at State Summer Games. This weekend at the games, 2,000 athletes will compete in gymnastics, aquatics, athletics, volleyball, soccer, tennis, flag football and more at Emory University.

SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia

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