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Special Olympics athletes carry torch in Abilene

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ABILENE, Texas - Special Olympics athletes in Abilene, along with local and state police officers, carried the torch through the area Wednesday as part of its journey to Arlington.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness organization in the Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers throughout the world carry the "Flame of Hope" through the streets of their communities and deliver it to their local, state, national or world Special Olympics Games.

The athletes met at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Red Bud Park as part of the torch's journey to the Special Olympics, which is being held at the University of Texas at Arlington from Thursday to Sunday.

There will be almost 3,000 athletes competing in basketball, track and field, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, and soccer. The Big Country/Concho Valley has four teams competing: the San Angelo MHMR Bobcats will compete in Basketball, while Snyder ISD Tigers, Abilene Mustangs, and Abilene State Supported Living Center Tigers will compete in Track and Field.

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