Torch Run kicks off Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games

June 23, 2022

More than 500 law enforcement officers participated in the 36th annual Torch Run for Special Olympics June 22-24. 

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $9.25 million to support Special Olympics Delaware’s year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays. A family of more than 5,000 volunteers makes the program possible for the more than 4,200 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem, not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.

The downstate portion of the run began June 22 in Fenwick Island. Runners escorted the torch north for a brief ceremony at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Melissa Zebley ran the torch to the Bandstand before handing it over to Rehoboth Beach seasonal police Officer Marie Fuller. Fuller then led the contingent of runners west along Rehoboth Avenue to Grove Park. The Torch Run continued downstate June 23, as runners simultaneously departed from Delmar and Georgetown. Converging in Harrington, runners proceeded together to Dover for a ceremony on Legislative Mall. 

The final leg of the three-day event will see the torch delivered to the University of Delaware football stadium in Newark for the official opening of the 2022 Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 24. 

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