There are few occasions as wonderful and inspiring as the Special Olympic World Games, which strive to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries will be participating in the 2015 Games, which are to be held in Los Angeles from July 25th to August 2nd. But before these incredible athletes begin the competition, the historic Law Enforcement Torch Run takes place – an event that Novato is proud to be partaking in.
The Flame of Hope will begin its journey in Greece and will travel across the sea to the United States where it will travel throughout the country before reaching its final destination – the 2015 Opening Ceremonies in Los Angeles. And on Monday, July 13th, the torch will be passing through downtown Novato.
Festivities surrounding this event will begin at 7pm when the Flame of Hope is carried down Grant Avenue, ending at the City Green on Sherman Avenue. Guests will get to enjoy live music by The People of Note, a special performance by the Novato Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Gymnastics Team, as well as an incredible opportunity to meet special Olympians.
During the festivities, 42 law enforcement officers will be serving as Guardians of the Flame of Hope before accompanying the Special Olympic athletes as they participate in the final leg of the run.
If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the Special Olympics experience, consider visiting Novato to participate in a lifetime celebration and show support for these athletes.
For more information about the Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch run, visit the 2015 Special Olympics website.