Law enforcement teams up with Special Olympics for Torch Run

SPENCERPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) – The flame of hope made its way through Monroe County Friday. Police departments from all around the area teamed up with Special Olympics New York for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run has been a tradition for over 30 years. Law enforcement officers work with local athletes to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

This year the run took place in Spencerport, starting at the police station. Athletes took a water break at Bernabi Elementary School, before finishing at Pineway Ponds Park.

More than 100 members of local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes participated.

“This is my first summer, so I’m a little bit nervous but they are there to support me and there is always teamwork, so you work as a team and help each other out,” said Zi Chen, Special Olympics athlete. “That is what I like about cops, they are always there to help you out.”

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings.

For more information about the Torch Run and Special Olympics New York, visit.