Local residents carry the torch
For the 14th year in a row, the Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility joined other law enforcement agencies in carrying the Special Olympics torch to Cyclone Stadium in Ames.
Employees of the Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility biked the torch on May 20 from the Mt. Pleasant Treatment Center to the city square in honor of this event. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department provided escorts for the team.
The law enforcement torch run is the largest grass-roots fund-raising program in the nation that benefits Special Olympics.
The run itself is a story of heart conviction. What began in 1981 as a local event to enhance the image of the Wichita (Kan.) Police Department is now a series of relay runs involving law enforcement from 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries.
Special Olympics Iowa Association (SOIA) has served Iowans with intellectual disabilities for over 40 years.
SOIA began serving Iowans with intellectual disabilities for over 40 years. When the event began in 1968, the first competition in Iowa had fewer than 100 participating athletes.
In 2009, SOIA provided training and competition in 22 sports for over 12,850 athletes representing each of Iowa’s 99 counties.