The NCDPS Mountain View Correctional Institution is hosting a North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run which will be held Tuesday, May 23 in Spruce Pine. Our local LE NC Torch Run is held to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics in our community.
The Torch Run began in 1981 in Kansas and has expanded since to include the entire United States, 35 nations and 12 Canadian provinces. NC Torch Run’s mission is to “conduct year round fundraising and public awareness events in support of Special Olympics NC by managing, promoting and coordinating North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run activities throughout North Carolina. Those involved in the NC LETR serve as the guardians of the eternal Flame of Hope and dedicate themselves to the purpose of supporting North Carolina Special Olympics athletes, who through their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community the true meaning of sport and that there are no limits to human potential.”
“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, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Participants will meet at 9 am at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine on Tuesday, May 23 for registration. We will march through the town of Spruce Pine as a representation of the Torch Run which is held throughout our state. Eager Participants and Sponsors should contact Co-Coordinators Peggy Dale or Brooke Peterson at MVCI for more information and required forms, 828-766-2555.