Tomorrow, Wednesday June 8th, The Illinois State Police in District 12 invite the community to celebrate in The 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run which begins bright and early in Effingham IL! The Old Courthouse on the square in downtown Effingham will be the Kickoff for the day’s events!
Attendees are encouraged to line the street from the Courthouse to the post office in Effingham in support of the Special Olympians, who will join in the first leg of the Torch Run which will get underway around 8:00 AM. Be sure to come out and support and cheer on these amazing and dedicated athletes!
After making their way through Effingham, they’ll make a pit stop in Neoga at Casey’s General Store where they will meet up with the Neoga/Sigel Indians. Then it’s onto McDonalds at Route 45 to meet the Mattoon Police Department where the Flame of Hope will be passed on. The Next stop is the Mattoon Police Department where they will meet the Mattoon/Charleston Hornets who will then carry the torch to Mattoon City Hall. From There The Coles County Sherriff Department will receive the Flame of Hope and complete the run at the blockade at Silver Star Roller Rink in Mattoon!
This event continues to grow as the single largest fund-raiser for the Illinois Special Olympics. In 2015, District 12 Effingham, together with your help, raised $7,600 for Special Olympics. The torch run is an annual relay fund-raiser conducted by police officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state. Approximately 3,000 officers will carry the FLAME OF HOPE nearly 1,500 miles, running through Illinois communities via 23 different legs to its final destination. The Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Begins on June 10th in Normal, IL.
Funds raised support Special Olympians participation in the 2016 Special Olympics Summer Games at Illinois State University in June. Locally, Law Enforcement Officers from many departments will join the Illinois State Police in this worthwhile endeavor. Media is invited. T-shirts and hats will be for sale from 7:00 to 8:00 AM. Arrive before the 8:00 AM start, to show your support for our area Special Olympians!