On July 16th the final leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run World Games for Special Olympics will pass through the City of Salinas on its way to Los Angeles. At 2:45 the torch will be carried from the parking lot of 1097 S. Main Street north on S. Main through Old Town and arriving at the steps of the National Steinbeck Center at approximately 3 pm. Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will greet the runners. Special Olympic guest speakers for the upcoming World Games will hold a brief press conference at that time. This event held in Salinas is just one of many planned stops for the Special Olympic Torch which will eventually land at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the kick off of the World Games on July 25th.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.