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Mississippi to help unify the Special Olympics

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippians are helping carry the Flame of Hope across the state as it heads toward Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America.

Over the course of 46 days, in a hand-to-hand exchange, thousands of participants will run, walk or bike a segment of the relay in this team and individual fundraising event as it passes through all 50 states.

The relay will culminate at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for every citizen to carry the Flame of Hope through their communities where it will light the caldron that burns during the Games,” said Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher.

The torch that lights the Olympic flame will pass through Mississippi in June and spend two days in Central Mississippi on June 14-15.

Special Olympics will host an event at Trustmark Park in Pearl featuring live music, games and special guests on Sunday, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., prior to the Mississippi Braves game vs. the Biloxi Shuckers that evening.

Funds raised from the Unified Relay will go to Special Olympics to provide sports training, competition opportunities and additional programming that empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

Participants can find out more information and sign up for the Unified Relay Across America at the Unified Relay website.  

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