Cops from Across Texas to Meet at Capitol & Run Flame of Hope Through Downtown Austin on Tuesday Afternoon
Several law enforcement units from around the state (see list below) will converge on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol for a short ceremony before running a lit torch – the Flame of Hope – through downtown Austin. This event is the official kick off ceremony for the statewide torch run to Arlington, which is held annually to raise awareness for the 3,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities that will compete in the upcoming Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Summer Games – the largest statewide Special Olympics competition held each year for Texas athletes. After Tuesday’s event, the Flame of Hope will continue to move across the state, before ultimately making its way to UT-Arlington on May 26 in time for the 48th annual statewide Summer Games.
The officers and units involved with this event are members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is SOTX’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Through a variety of fundraising efforts such as t-shirt sales, Tip A Cop, Polar Plunge, Fire Truck Pull and Cops on Top, Texas LETR raised over $1.4 million in 2016 to fund programming, competition and training for more than 58,300 SOTX athletes across the state.
Where & When:
Texas State Capitol – SOUTH STEPS
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Tuesday, May 2
1:00 p.m. – SOTX President & CEO Margaret Larsen opens the program
1:30 p.m. – Representative Yvonne Davis lights torch and sends officers off on their run down Congress Ave., led by Austin Police Department
1:55 p.m. – Photo Opportunity at Capitol Gates
2:00 p.m. – Event Concludes
Rep. Yvonne Davis will light the torch and send runners down Congress Ave., led by the Austin Police Department. Officers and members of several law enforcement agencies from across Texas will carry the Flame of Hope and run side-by-side with SOTX athletes and supporters. The torch relay will take the runners down Congress Ave. to 6th St. and back.
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; Facebook fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; YouTube youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.