JAMESTOWN – Area athletes with disabilities took part in a Special Olympics Torch Run on Wednesday in Downtown Jamestown.
The annual event, hosted by local law enforcement and the Western New York Special Olympics, started at Jamestown’s city hall.
Participants carried the flame of hope, which is the symbol of the special Olympics. The group of athletes are gearing up for their fall games this weekend.
Local law enforcement additionally donates to the cause, raising millions to fund sports gear and trips for the region’s over 4,000 athletes, something Olympic director Erica Raepple is grateful for.
“We are just extremely grateful for the Jamestown community and all of our law enforcement partners that have come out to support us,” said Raepple. “It’s a great turn out this year, and we hope to see everybody next year and things get back to normal.”
There are two athletes in the area that will represent Team USA at the 2022 games.
For more information on the Special Olympics or to donate visit specialolympics-ny.org/ and click on the western region.