YUMA, Ariz. - The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics kicks off this year all around the state beginning Sunday, April 30 and runs through Thursday, May 4. The Special Olympics opening ceremonies for the Arizona State Olympic Games begin on Friday, May 5 and continue throughout the weekend.
The Yuma Police Department said Yuma area law enforcement agencies are responsible for Leg 5 of the relay and are scheduled to begin in San Luis, Ariz. at First Avenue and Urtuzuastegui at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The run will conclude at 300 N. 4th Avenue in Yuma at the Quartermaster Depot at approximately 11:45 a.m. At 11:45 a.m. there will be a brief reception at the Quartermaster Depot that will involve Special Olympics Yuma and city officials.
The Flame of Hope will continue its journey towards Glendale, Arizona for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games at Raymond S. Kellis High School 8990 W. Orangewood Glendale, AZ. The games will be May 4th through 6th.
The Yuma Police Department has raised over $21,600.00 with successful fundraisers such as Tip-A-Cop and the Scary & Safe Trick or Treat at the Yuma Territorial Prison, Fuel of Dreams, Show you Care change your Hair and the sales of our K-9 stuffed animals.
Agencies participating in this years’ run include:, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma Regional Medical Center, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE); Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Emerald Correctional Management, U.S. Marshal’s, Arizona Department of Transportation, San Luis Police Department, Yuma County Adult Probation, Arizona Department of Corrections, Marine Corps Air Station Provost Marshall’s Office (US Marine Corps), Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center, Somerton Police Department, Yuma County Superior Court, United States Customs Border Protection (U.S. Border Patrol), Quechan Police Department, Cocopah Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Arizona Western College Police Department and Yuma Police Department.