Local law officials run to benefit the Special Olympics

Local law officials run to benefit the Special Olympics.

Several police officers are running throughout Illinois to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to help benefit the Special Olympics.

This is an annual event that goes from June 10-15 every year. Wednesday, they started running in Gillespie and made stops in both Chatham and Springfield.

Those who run the event says the support has a positive impact on the athletes.

“It's great because you know they get up everyday and they have struggles but when they see the law enforcement officers and people joining in around them, the support is amazing. The inclusion we bring to them and the respect that we bring to them is so important," Retired Illinois State Police Officer Diane Vanderkooy said.

The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics summer games will be held on Friday, June 15.

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