Special Olympics Torch Debuted

Before the Special Olympics games get underway in Lincoln later this month, there will be a statewide torch run to kick off the festivities.

The Special Olympics torch was unveiled for the first time Wednesday and it's everything Nebraska represents.

Wrapped in barbed wire, the 2010 National Special Olympic torch called “Flame of Hope” depicts Sand Hill cranes, a Native American and a covered wagon, and football. 

“Football is a part of Nebraska so we thought it was appropriate to put it on there,” says  Investigator Aaron Moore who was one of the masterminds behind the design.

Only fitting coming from someone who's participated in several torch run's in the past.  Moore will not be running this year but his colleagues will.  More than 100 law enforcement officials from across the country will team up with Special Olympians like Christian Beard.

One of 3 thousand athletes who will compete in events like soccer, bowling and swimming.

“This is my first time for national Special Olympics. I've never been to nationals before so its my first time,” says Beard. 

They'll start by lighting the torch at the site of the 2006 National Special Olympic Games at Iowa State University on July 11th.  Then they'll head to Nebraska making stops in 70 different cities and towns across the state.

Finally they'll carry the flame, the symbol of spirit, knowledge and life,  to the opening ceremonies in Lincoln on July 18th.

For more information about the 2010 National Special Olympic Games log onto: www.2010specialolympics.org