DJJ at the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

May 30, 2019

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to once again partnered with the Special Olympics of Georgia as part of the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run. The torch run is the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics of Georgia as law enforcement agencies from around the state help to raise money through the sales of shirts, hats, and torch runner sponsorship from each law enforcement agency before the start of the yearly State Games and Competitions. DJJ volunteers ran the Atlanta segment of the torch run from midtown to McDonough Field in Druid Hills.

This year, more than 3,000 athletes from throughout Georgia participated in one of the State Games and Competitions conducted by the Special Olympics Georgia. For a few days, these children and adults with intellectual disabilities competed in a high-quality sports competition, interact with their peers, and experience new places. Participation in the Special Olympics State Games meant that these athletes focused on goals, learned new skills, and developed healthy habits that may lead to improved overall health. This year's State Games took place at Emory University at the end of May.

Funds raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run helped to offset the expense of the State Games and Competitions and were specifically used for facility rental, housing, meals, sports equipment rental, officials' fees, and medals. 

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank everyone who donated and participated including Deputy Commissioner Margaret Cawood, Director Latera Davis, and Director DeBaja Coleman.

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