Special Olympics torch makes its way through Jefferson City

3 years 6 days 12 hours ago Thursday, June 11 2015 Jun 11, 2015 Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:22:00 PM CDT June 11, 2015 in News
By: Vilma Obando, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A large, clapping crowd was on hand when a piece of Greece arrived at the capital on Thursday.

On its third day in the state, the Flame of Hope made its debut in Jefferson City. The flame was initially lit in Athens, the sight of the last Special Olympics World Games.

The torch was brought to the city by Missouri softball athletes Arthur Murphy and Allen Tobin, who will be representing Team USA in the games.

Gov. Nixon, who is an honorary coach for the games, was also at the celebration and congratulated all the athletes and residents who supported the organization.

Torch runners Edith Verslues and her brother Keith Lueckenhoff were excited to able to participate in this historic run.

"Keith is my brother and he loves to run with the torch so when I saw that it was coming through Jeff City, I went online and I checked it out and decided that we would run the torch together," Verslues said. "We've been to nationals but the world games, that it awesome."

Brandon Schatsiek, public relations manager for Special Olympics Missouri, said he is proud of the large turnout in the event and it goes to show how important the organization is in mid-Missouri. 

"It shows the community that Special Olympics is a lot more than just sports for a lot of our athletes," Schatsiek said. "It's their daily life and what ever the community can do to kind of support those whether it is by raising funds or really kind of just coming out and meeting a couple of the athletes who are going to be competing in Los Angeles, representing their hometown, representing their state, the Show Me State and representing their country. I think people should take pride in that."

The torch has passed through 20 different routes in central Missouri with 150 different torch runners. This is the first time in Special Olympics history that the Torch Run was part of a nationwide event. More than 20,000 runners, walkers and cyclists are expected to take part in three simultaneous routes touching all 50 states in 46 days.

The trek takes participants from the East Coast all the way to California, where the Special Olympics World Games will be held from July 25 through Aug. 2.

About 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will take part.

Funds raised from the Unified Relay Across America go to Special Olympics to provide sports training, competition opportunities and additional programming for people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities.

Those interested in raising funds for the athletes who are going to the World Games can visit somo.org/worldgames

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced on Friday five companies are expanding in Missouri with plans... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 3:30:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - APLEX, Inc., the contractor of the city’s Bike Boulevard Project, plans to close the entrance to Alexander... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 2:54:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - While many people cringed when the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for this... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 2:32:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After a contract between the Jefferson City government and New World Recycling ended Friday, all nine of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Former Governor Eric Greitens’ attorneys said Friday they will pursue payment from the state after officials said... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 1:39:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
QULIN (AP) — A 3-year-old girl is safe after spending the night in a rural Missouri cornfield, her faithful... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 1:06:04 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:46:01 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is going to jail. Paul Manafort was ordered into... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:06:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
MACON COUNTY - Authorities released details Friday of the arrests of three people Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana distribution. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 11:04:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri State Board of Education on Thursday reapproved six charter schools in its first... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 7:02:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking spent his life teaching the world about space, so it is only fitting that... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 5:46:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia hopes to start a project to improve the water supply to MU's Women's and... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 4:57:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The private attorneys who represented former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office against potential... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 4:22:00 AM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In 2017, there were 16 people killed in work zone accidents in Missouri, according to MoDOT. ... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:40:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
FULTON - A Facebook post about Fulton's brick streets sparked a lively conversation between Fulton residents about the historic Brick... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:18:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A progressive advocacy group and a Missouri voter filed a lawsuit against the state over its voter... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:01:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in Top Stories
MOBERLY – Every week, through the Summer Café a local organization provides a free lunch for young people regardless of... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thursday Night Live in Jefferson City has... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, June 14 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT June 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
3am 79°
4am 78°
5am 78°
6am 77°