Police and Special Olympics Athletes Join Torch Run to Start Summer Games

It was a short but meaningful journey on June 21 as Hilliard Special Olympics Team athletes joined Hilliard police officers on a leg of the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Ohio Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games will be held June 24-26 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus.

Multiple stages of the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run began June 20 across Ohio and are scheduled to last through June 24, culminating with a torch lit June 24 to kick off the start of the games. summer.

Among the athletes who joined in the torch run between the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, and the Hilliard Division of Police building, 5171 Northwest Pkwy., was Aiden McCue, 14, a freshman at Hilliard Darby High School.

These will be the third summer games McCue is expected to attend.

“I like tennis better (because) I like all the other boys I play tennis with,” McCue said.

Tennis, soccer, volleyball, bowling, pétanque and athletics are the events of the summer games each year.

According to Sandy Fent, a detective with the Springfield Police Department and leader of the southwest leg of the Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio.

Hilliard Police Chief Michael Woods led the start of the Hilliard Torch Run leg and other officers and athletes exchanged holding the torch as it traveled from Norwich Street to Main Street, then to Avery Road and Northwest Parkway, ending at the Police Department parking lot.

The Hilliard Torch Run leg had raised approximately $43,000 through June 21 and is being used to help cover the athlete’s travel and other Special Olympics Ohio operating costs.

Donations can still be made at ohiotorchrun.org.

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Naomi C. Amerson