Colonial Beach Police Officers Bertha Peyton, Bruce Hough, Tony Morgans, Thomas Gray and Thomas George performed the Special Olympic Torch Run along with Glen Cramer from the Game and Inland Fisheries Commission last Thursday, June 8, in Colonial Beach.
Special Olympics Representative, Nichole Rappaport said the torch was coming from Montross and would be passed on to King George by Colonial Beach and then go on to Fredericksburg.
“It’s happening across the state, we have over 2000 officers. The state is split into four sections with teams in the north, west, south and east. All the routes came together on Friday, June 9, at the University of Richmond, Robin Stadium for the summer opening games.”
Coordinated by Thomas George, the team started from the Food Lion Parking lot and headed down Route 205 into Colonial Beach. The group then proceeded down Colonial Ave. and turned right onto Washington Ave, then left on Boundry Street, circling back towards the boardwalk. Runners then ran up the boardwalk turning left back onto Colonial Ave. and ending at Hunan Dinner.
The Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition all year round for children and adults with various disabilities, giving them 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.
Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and has transcended beyond just sports. Virginia’s Special Olympics year ‘round programs in health, education, community building and sports address inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities.