Members of CPD, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s office, and local FBI agents took off running Tuesday, all to support Special Olympic athletes.
“It’s a blessing, wonderful, that they wanna do it,” says Jacquelyn Daniel, one of the athletes who came out to support those supporting her dream of competing.
“I get to learn new things and make new friends. I have a lot of fun doing it,” Daniel says of the Special Olympics.
Participants in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run gathered to receive the torch from Fort Benning, around 8 a.m. They then ran the symbol of hope across town to the Lake Oliver Marina.
The sheriff’s office has been coordinating the run and fundraising efforts. Sheriff Donna Tompkins says her office supports the Special Olympics every year to give back to the community.
“That brings it all home to you, that you see who you’re really helping with these events. We’re just happy any time we can come our to events or sponsor or even just be a part of these events in our community,” says Sheriff Tompkins.
Afterwards, members of the sheriff’s office were especially good sports by running the race *and getting pies to the face. Corporal Angel Reyes says it’s a fun way to celebrate when they meet each of their fundraising goals.
He also adds he supports the event for his own children who have developmental disabilities.
“I did this run for them and for all the children out there with developmental disabilities. We try to motivate each other and this definitely was my motivation over here,” says Cpl. Reyes.
The fundraiser is now close to around $700 and will continue with more events until August 1st.
The Sheriff’s office has pledged to raise at least $2500 and send a pie to the face of every member of command staff. Click here to donate.