Special Olympics Torch Run

Police officers from across South Mississippi laced up their tennis shoes this morning for a good cause: the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics of Mississippi.

The relay started in Moss Point bright and early and officers passed off the torch to various departments all the way to Ocean Springs. The torch will then be taken to Keesler Air Force Base to officially kick-off the Special Olympics of Mississippi.

The officers wore shirts with the torch, also known as the ‘flame of hope’ drawn on them by one of the Special Olympic athletes Grover Fairley. Captain Randy Muffley with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said, “We like to come out and bring awareness. Everything the Special Olympics does for these athletes is at no cost for them. So, we do every little bit we can to raise money. We sell these shirts. We do fundraisers so we can do our part and give back to them.”

A little rain won’t stop athletes from competing for that gold this weekend. Keep an eye on our News 25 weather app for the latest alerts. Updates will also be posted on the Special Olympics Mississippi Facebook page should weather affect the games.

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