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May 15, 2019

Local officers carried the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Louisiana throughout the area on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  Law Enforcement Officers from agencies across the state will be participating to bring awareness to Special Olympics Louisiana and the upcoming State Summer Games.
The Catahoula Parish leg of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run began at Block High School and ended at Jonesville Elementary on Tuesday, May 14.
Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office was represented by Deputy Ryan Coleman, Detective Kyle King, Sergeant Shift Officer Darrin Randall and Narcotics Detective Brad Bradley.  The torch was handed off to Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Officers Mark Harvey, Marcus Alford and Eric Ryland.  Charlie Courville, a representative for Special Olympics of Louisiana, thanks the officers for their help in the race.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympics Summer Games. The Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games will be held May 24-26, 2019 on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Officers will carry the torch from all points of the state beginning in May with a series of runs throughout the month. The final leg of the run will begin at 6:30 pm in Hammond and will end at SLU’s Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field for the Opening Ceremony of the State Summer Games.  Photo and interview opportunities will be available at the end of the run.  All Law Enforcement Torch Run events are open to the public. For more information about this run, the final leg run, or the 2019 State Summer Games please log onto www.laso.org.
Special Olympics Louisiana’s Law Enforcement Torch Run hosts various fundraising events in all areas of the state year-round. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics’ largest annual grass roots fund raising and public awareness campaign.  This year the Torch Run is celebrating its 35th year.  Officers carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout Louisiana and work year-round conducting other fund raising activities for Special Olympics Louisiana. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run or events in your area, visit www.laso.org.
Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) is a state-wide, 501(C) 3 Non-profit organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOLA offers year-round programs for 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 6,000 volunteers. Health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs are available for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics Louisiana at www.laso.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOLouisiana; fb.com/specialolympicslouisiana; youtube.com/SOLouisianaTV, and specialolympicslouisiana.wordpress.com.