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Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics set for June 24-25

ATHENS, Ohio (June 17, 2004) -- The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will take place on June 24-25. During the run, area law enforcement personnel will carry a Special Olympics torch from Athens to Columbus just in time for the opening ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games.

The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the more than 17,000 athletes in Ohio. All of the raised funds stay in the community. The Athens to Columbus relay leg is one of six in Ohio. Law enforcement torch runs also will be held in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 40 countries this year. In 2003, the Torch Run initiative raised more than $19 million for the Special Olympics worldwide.

"Any support of the Special Olympics is great and the torch run is a great way to raise awareness about this special event," said Ohio University Lieutenant Steve Noftz, who is coordinating the Athens to Columbus leg.

Special Olympics, Ohio Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation that is funded by private donations, corporate sponsorships and fundraising projects. It does not receive state or federal funding.

For more information or to find out how you can support the Torch Run, contact Lieutenant Steve Noftz at (740) 593-1911 or noftzs@ohio.edu.  

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