The Los Alamos Police Department is participating in the annual Law Enforcement Torch run to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
This year is a special year as it marks the 50th Anniversary that founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a movement in 1968 to fulfill this mission:
“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” (specialolympics.org)
“Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice, that is why I believe it is synonymous that Law Enforcement Agencies globally participate in this endeavor that changes lives and attitudes for those with intellectual disabilities, LAPD has a long and proud tradition of supporting this cause, which benefits our local athletes and the state games,” LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.
Los Alamos Police and supporters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at 2500 Trinity Dr., to begin the torch run to Jemez Springs (42 miles). Expect slight traffic delays on Trinity, West Jemez and N.M. 4.