Just last Tuesday, Lambert Zainey put down our pens, laced up our sneakers, and carried the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope through the French Quarter as it makes its way from Athens, Greece to Los Angeles for the start of the 2015 Special Olympics.
The 2015 Special Olympics summer games are set to begin on July 25th – but first, the Flame of Hope must reach the host city – Los Angeles. Over 20,000 runners are doing their part to carry the Flame of Hope to California in a nation-wide hand-to-hand relay race taking place over three simultaneous routes in the Northern, Central, and Southern parts of the country. To help the Flame of Hope on its journey, the Lambert Firm ran one mile from the French Market, down Decatur, to Canal Street in the Unified Relay Race.
Even though our segment of the relay race is over, we can still track the Flame of Hope’s progress as its crosses the country with The Special Olympics real time map of the Unified Relay Race. The torch will travel for 46 days through every state in the Union before the three routes unify in Los Angeles.
The Special Olympics organize a variety of year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This unique organization provides athletes a platform for developing physical fitness and courage, and moreover, a space for individuals to share their skills, gifts, and friendship with the community.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Special Olympics efforts in Louisiana, click here. Want to show your support?