Santa Clarita Valley Torch Run and Regional Spring Games

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Community

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Special Olympics and our Law Enforcement partners; CHP, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department – Santa Clarita Station and Pitchess Detention Center will be the Guardian of the Flame in the Final Leg Torch Run to officially kick off our 2017 Spring Regional Games.   These deputies and officers will escort the Flame of Hope® Torch from COC down Valencia Blvd to the Sheriff’s Station up through the mall ending at Lazy Dog Cafe.  At the conclusion of the run, Lazy Dog Café will be the host of our Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Pitchess Detention Center   Tip-A-Cop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Deputies and Sergeants will be servers and ask for donation on behalf of Special Olympics. All money raised will stay here in our community to help cover the cost of sports equipment, uniforms and transportation for our local athletes.
More than 500 Special Olympic athletes will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals at Special Olympics Santa Clarita 2017 Regional Spring Games on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The games will feature athletes from Antelope Valley, Kern County, Santa Barbara, South Bay, Southeast LA, Tri-Valley and Ventura County Regions. The public is encouraged to attend this free event and we are hoping to fill our stands with “Fans in the Stands” who can cheer on the athletes as they compete in the sports of basketball, bocce and track.  Basketball teams will include men’s, coed, and women’s.
“These games are a great time for the community to see our athletes compete and experience the true meaning of sportsmanship.” said Laura Mayo, Regional Director, Special Olympics Santa Clarita.
The day will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. at Hart High School Track.  The ceremony includes the traditional Parade of Athletes, the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope®, and the lighting of the cauldron, which signifies the official start to the Games.
Special Olympics athletes will compete in Basketball at Hart High School, West Ranch High School, and Boys and Girls Club, Bocce at Newhall Park and Track will be at Hart High School.  Gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons are presented after each competition.  This event is only possible with the support volunteers and with generous contributions from individuals and sponsors.  To volunteer for the 2017 Spring Regional games, you can call our office 661-253-2121 or go to https://sosc.org/volunteer/dayofevent#sctv to find out more information.
Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years and offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition.
For more information about how to compete, coach or contribute, visit www.sosc.org/scvtv or contact us at 661-489-0540 or email Lmayo@sosc.org

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