S.C. Special Olympics Torch Run rolls through York County

Posted May 2, 2013 7:25 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

FILE/York County Sheriff’s Office

The 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics came through Rock Hill Thursday morning.

Dozens of athletes and volunteers met at the city hall plaza with one of them carrying the lighted torch.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international event participated in by law enforcement officers throughout the world, with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers carry torches across 35 nations during the Special Olympics Torch Run.

25-year-old Joshua Myers spoke to the crowd there. Myers lives with autism and says he’s been competing in the Special Olympics since he was eight years old.

York County’s portion of the Torch Run was led by the York County Sheriff’s Office and various law enforcement agencies across York County.

Sheriff’s Office Capt. Glenn Williams says participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run is near and dear to the hearts of police officers.

Officers in York County passed the Torch on to their counterparts in Chester County.

The Torch Run culminates Friday morning at Fort Jackson in Columbia as thousands of Special Olympics athletes and military personnel join law enforcement officers for the opening ceremony of the 2013 South Carolina State Games.

In South Carolina, over 100 agencies participate in the run. Special Olympics-South Carolina serves over 17,000 athletes annually.