SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry law enforcement officers are raising money for Special Olympics and helping the organization start its summer games with a long run on Thursday.
Officers began a 127-mile relay of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope Thursday morning on Sullivan's Island station 22, escorting it to the steps of the statehouse in Columbia.
" Getting them running to the opening ceremonies and see those 1200 plus athletes and their families and understand the impact that we as law enforcement are making on our community, that doesn't necessarily get the support they should, I never have to ask them again," Mount Pleasant police deputy chief Stan Gragg said.
The event coincides with other relays across the state which concludes with a press conference Friday in Columbia to announce the beginning of the Special Olympics summer games. At 6 p.m. Friday, officers will continue their journey for a 7.5-mile run from the capital to Fort Jackson where the summer games cauldron will be lit.