Officers Carry Flame of Hope for Special Olympics

by Kelly Choate on June 21, 2012 at 6:43 am

Local law enforcement and corrections officers are raising awareness for people with disabilities.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Zanesville as officers brought the Flame of Hope from Marietta to Columbus.  Sandy Drenten with the Muskingum County DD Special Olympics said the goal is to raise funds that help cover the costs for Special Olympians to participate.

"Their motto says ‘let me be brave in the attempt’, so they give 100% and everyone is just happy with what they get," said Drenten.  "It’s really a rewarding experience."

Community members came out to support the runners and Special Olympics athletes on the steps of the Muskingum County Courthouse.  Dwight Davis works for Kroger, and he was busy setting up a fruit stand to help everyone cool off on such a hot day.

"I think it means a lot to the kids, and there are some of them here today from the Starlight School," said Davis.  "When you see not only the kids, but the adults too, there’s applause and they’re just so grateful for what’s done for them.  They’re a special bunch of people."

The state summer games will be held from June 22nd to 24th in Columbus.