Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement runners, and volunteers entrusted with the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Flame of Hope, which represents the mission of Special Olympics, symbolizing inclusion, courage and diversity, made their way down Kissimmee’s Lakefront before arriving at Osceola County’s Courthouse Square on Friday morning, June 3. They were welcomed by Osceola County Chairman Brandon Arrington, KPD’s James Napier, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez, Experience Kissimmee, and countless community leaders and numerous members of the community.
“We are excited that the Special Olympics USA Games are finally here, and we are honored that Osceola County gets to play host to the athletes and their friends and families, with some of the incredible events at our Silver Spurs Arena and over at ESPN Wide World of Sports. I may be biased, but there is no better place to play than right here, and I know all the participants and spectators are going to have a great time in our community. I’m appreciative of the law enforcement’s great contributions to make this torch run happen. Thank you all for the time and energy you put in to honor the athletes and raise dollars to ensure Special Olympics games continue,” Chairman of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Brandon Arrington said after the Special Olympics runners made their way to Kissimmee.
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games takes place from June 5 – 12, and will include competitions at Disney’s ESPN Wild World of Sports and the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, both in Osceola County. For more information and competition schedules, visit 2022specialolympicsusagames.org