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Cheer on the Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay to Support Special Olympics Athletes

Who: The public is invited. Anyone who wishes to support efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of Southern California is welcome to attend.

What: During the week prior to the Special Olympics Summer Games, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel will proudly join athletes and officers from nearly 300 different law enforcement agencies and military personnel for the Torch Run for more than 1,500 miles.

The public is encouraged to come out and support the runners and athletes as the torch passes by.

The torch, known as the "Flame of Hope," will be used to light the Opening Ceremony cauldron which symbolizes the start of the 2012 Summer Games.

When: Starting Monday, June 4, 2012 and ending on Friday, June 8, 2012

(See below for information on the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies)

Where: The relay and torch will be travelling throughout all of Los Angeles County. See below for approximate start times and starting locations where members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be running.

Monday, June 4, 2012

8:05 a.m., Colima Road at Mar Vista Street, Whittier (T/G 707, H-1)

9:06 a.m., Western Avenue at West 25th Street, Los Angeles, (T/G 823, H-7)

10:05 a.m., Valley Boulevard at Fairway Drive, Walnut (T/G 639, E-2)

3:30 p.m., Pacific Coast Highway at the Los Angeles County Line, Lost Hills (T/G 625, H-6)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

2:15 p.m., Bonita Avenue at San Dimas Canyon, San Dimas (T/G 600, D-2)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

12:00 p.m., Las Tunas Boulevard at Baldwin Avenue, Temple City (T/G 597, A-3)

1:57 p.m., Sunset Avenue at Hayvenhurst Drive, West Hollywood (T/G 593-B-5)

2:00 p.m., Atlantic Boulevard at Pomona Boulevard, East Los Angeles (T/G 635, H-6)

2:55 p.m., Beverly Boulevard at Rio Hondo River, Pico Rivera (T/G 676, F-2)

4:55 p.m., Telegraph Road at Gunn Avenue, Norwalk (T/G 707, C-5)

Friday, June 8, 2012

10:03 p.m., Hawthorne Boulevard at Rosecrans Avenue, South Los Angeles (T/G 733, C-3)

12:55 p.m., 2448 Pacific Coast Highway, Lomita (T/G 793, F-5)

For the entire route, visit:

Why: The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics worldwide. In 2010, officers raised more than $1.2 million for Special Olympics Southern California.

"The support we receive from law enforcement is absolutely invaluable. Southern California law enforcement officers raised more than $1 million for our athletes and programs last year. This is a phenomenal achievement and great proof of their dedication to our cause," said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. "To our athletes, the law enforcement officers are heroes and role models that bring appositive attitude and morale to our cause."

"Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are honored to run alongside Special Olympics athletes, as we are all working toward a common goal of providing opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities," said Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff.

** The Summer Games Opening Ceremonies **

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 9:45 11:00 a.m.

California State University, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach

The Summer Games will be held at the campus of California State University Long Beach on June 9 and 10, 2012.

Visit for additional Summer Games information.

For additional information, please contact John Watkins, Special Olympics of Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator at (562) 502-1038 or Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Kimberly Unland at (562) 305-5384.

Written by Lieutenant Kim Unland

Leadership & Training Division

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

(562) 305-5384

Forwarded by Deputy Lillian Peck

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