Final Leg Send-off is Wednesday in Houston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Law enforcement officers are lacing up for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg departure on May 22 in Houston.  The Torch Run Final Leg will lead up to the Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) 2013 Summer Games, set for May 23-26 in Arlington.  The LETR is an actual running event in which law enforcement officers and athletes run the "Flame of Hope" to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state Games, National and World Games.     

Greater Houston area torch runners will assemble at the Houston ISD Administration Building at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday for the send-off.  A press conference with Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and SOTX athletes will begin at 7:00 a.m.  Afterwards, the officers will run all the way to Arlington, marking the start of Summer Games.  From Houston, they’ll travel through Tomball, Magnolia, Navasota, Bryan/College Station, Brenham, Conroe and along Highway 190 to Huntsville before reaching Arlington. 

Participating agencies include police departments from Bellaire, Galveston, Houston ISD, Houston, Magnolia, Missouri City, San Jacinto College, Spring ISD, Sugar Land, Waller County and West University, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  For more information about the Torch Run Final Leg, contact Joan Jarrett (jjarrett@sotx.org) at 713.290.0049. 

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 44,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

About Special Olympics Texas
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 44,500 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; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

Co-Sponsors:
Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Charitable Trust and the Law Enforcement Torch Run


Ramonica Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Special Olympics Texas
rjones@sotx.org


About Special Olympics Texas
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 58,800 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; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.