June 10, 2004
The Special Olympics New York (SONY) Flame of Hope will arrive at Albany City Hall at noon on Thursday, June 10.
The Flame of Hope will be escorted by approximately 50 local law enforcement officials. Their run will begin in Schenectady and they will arrive at Albany City Hall via Central Avenue. At City Hall, there will be a brief presentation that will include remarks by SONY President and Chief Executive Officer Neal J. Johnson and Mayor Gerald D. Jennings.
The flame’s Capital Region visit is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a statewide journey that will encompass 1,500 miles and 4,000 law enforcement officials, bringing the flame to Hofstra University in Long Island for SONY’s 2004 Summer Games (June 17-19). At Hofstra, the flame will be used to light the Special Olympics Cauldron, kicking off the Summer Games for approximately 2,800 Special Olympics athletes and coaches.
The flame will begin its local leg at 9:30 a.m., at the corners of State Street and Fehr Avenue in Schenectady. Throughout its Capital Region road trip, dozens of New York State Police and law enforcement officers from Albany, Colonie, Glenville, Rotterdam Schenectady, and other areas, will serve and protect the flame.
After the City Hall presentation, law enforcement officials will run the flame to the Medal of Honor Ceremony hosted by the Department of Correctional Services at the DOCS training academy on New Scotland Avenue. The flame will arrive at the DOCS training academy at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The LETR is the largest grassroots fund-raising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the Flame of Hope to their local, state or national Special Olympics games, law enforcement officials organize and conduct additional fund-raising activities such as Plane Pulls, Harley-Davidson raffles and golf tournaments.