Torch run brings awareness to Special Olympics

Torch run brings awareness to Special Olympics

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Law enforcement agencies across Region 8 helped bring awareness to the Special Olympics on Monday.

It all kicked off Monday morning in Clay County and moved onto Greene County.

Arkansas State Troopers along with Paragould Police, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Greene County Sheriff's Department and Marmaduke Police banded together to carry the torch.

The group made a stop at Baldwin Elementary School in Paragould, where the students cheered the runners on.

Arkansas Special Olympics Field Representative Theresa Book said the Torch Run is done to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and encourage people to attend the games.

She said while they may get tired, they do it all for a smile.

"Biggest joy is seeing those athletes give you that smile of accomplishment," Book said. "Knowing they were able to accomplish something that so many of the rest of us take for granted."

The group will run the torch through Craighead County on Tuesday and then arrive in Searcy on Thursday for the opening ceremonies of the summer Special Olympic Games.

Opening Ceremonies start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Searcy and the competitions will begin on Friday and Saturday.

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