Special Olympics athletes and police officers from across America to carry the torch to stops throughout the Nation's Capital

2007-07-24 09:37 1099

WASHINGTON, July 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --

What: The Flame of Hope(TM) for the 2007 Special Olympics World

Summer Games will make its only U.S. visit to Washington, DC,

where the flame will light the torch that will be carried in

the global Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) -- a signature event

honoring the Special Olympics movement. Following a ceremony

at the White House hosted by President and Mrs. Bush, the

torch will be carried to stops throughout the city before

continuing its global journey to the 2007 World Summer Games

Opening Ceremony in Shanghai on 2 October. Involving hundreds

of runners and spectators, this promises to be one of the most

inspiring and visually interesting events of the summer,

taking place on the anniversary of the Americans with

Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W.

Bush in 1990.

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When: Thursday, July 26, 2007

Where: The running of the Flame of Hope will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Photo opportunities for the day include (times approximate):

9:30 a.m. Law Enforcement Torch Run Breakfast Reception (Hay Adams

Hotel, 16th and H Streets NW) Speakers to include Special

Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver and other dignitaries.

11:45 a.m. White House Ceremony

***Credentialed media interested in attending the White House

ceremony must contact the White House Office of Media Affairs

at 202-456-6238.***

12:15 p.m. Runners Depart from South Lawn of White House to National


12:40 p.m. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

(200 Independence Ave. SW)

12:55 p.m. Photo opportunity at U.S. Capitol (Capitol Reflecting Pool


1:20 p.m. Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

(Judiciary Square, 5th and F Streets NW)

2:00 p.m. Torch Run concludes at the Embassy of the People's Republic

of China. Welcome Ceremony and Reception to follow.

(2300 Connecticut Avenue N.W.)

***For invitations, please contact Wei Xin, Press Office for

the Chinese Embassy at +1 (202) 328-2577.***

Background: With the logistical support of DHL, the Global Partner of the

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2007

Special Olympics World Summer Games, the Flame of Hope was lit

June 29 at the Acropolis in Athens using only the rays of the

sun, and then departed Greece to begin a 22,000 mile journey

across five continents. Carried by members of the global law

enforcement community and Special Olympics athletes, more than

5,000 people around the world will participate in this

celebration of the Special Olympics movement and the courage

of its athletes.

After departing Washington, DC, the Flame of Hope will travel

to Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau. The Law

Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a pivotal event

in the lead up to the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer


Video b-roll will be made available via satellite with

coordinates provided later this week.

Source: Special Olympics International