Each year, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department participates in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to a recent press release.

The Summer Games Torch Run is an event that takes place across the state to honor the Special Olympics Arkansas athletes as they prepare to take part in our largest event, the Special Olympics Arkansas State Summer Games.

Law Enforcement officers from various agencies will run the Flame of Hope across the state of Arkansas until it reaches the arena at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., for opening ceremonies on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The LETR movement is essential to the success of Special Olympics Arkansas as they not only volunteer their time to help our athletes, they also organize fundraisers in their local communities for Special Olympics and raised over $500,000 this past year for the Special Olympics Arkansas program.

The Summer Games Torch Run Southwest Leg will begin Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9AM, starting in the Arkansas Wal-Mart parking lot at 133 Arkansas Blvd.  Texarkana Arkansas Officers will run over 18 miles before handing over the torch to the Hope Police Department.

Everyone in our community is cordially invited to come out and show your support for our law enforcement officials as they run for this worthy cause.

About Special Olympics Arkansas

Special Olympics Arkansas’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. All of this is provided to them completely free of charge.