By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The eleventh annual Special Olympics PA torch relay started this morning at PNC Park!
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Over the next few days, more than 500 runners will help carry the torch to State College.
These runners will represent more than 50 law enforcement agencies in western Pennsylvania, including several from our area.
Our officers walked 4.7 miles this morning and carried the torch for the @SpecialOlympiPA Summer Games en route to State College. Our team consisted of 15 officers who joined officers from Castle Shannon, Whitehall, Green Tree & Bethel Park. Thanks to everyone who participated and donated! pic.twitter.com/fVXEynnphj
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– Mount Lebanon Police (@MtLibanonPolice) June 7, 2021
“We still wanted to be very symbolic of our commitment to the athletes and show that we are there for them, love them and support them,” said Scott Schubert, Police Chief of Pittsburgh. “And things are moving forward and we’ll all be back together in person soon.”
The torch relay ends with the lighting of the “flame of hope” at the opening ceremony of this year’s virtual summer games.
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To date, nearly $ 2.5 million has been raised from law enforcement events in support of 16,000 Pennsylvania athletes.