The Flame of Hope began its journey through Minnesota to the Canada-U.S. Border Monday morning. Law enforcement agencies across the state escorted the flame from shore, where it reached the Grand Marais on Monday afternoon.
âNot only can the community come and see my students and invest in them, but they can also donate and raise awareness through Special Olympics,â said Melissa Oberg, a special education teacher at the county schools. Cook. “It brings everyone together.”
âThese are kids from school, we have the Cook County Cross Country Team,â said Department Head Will Sandstrom with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. âWe have regular students from school, we have children with special needs from school, we have law enforcement personnel – not only with the sheriff’s office, we also have the DNR, the game wardens, people who just joined, and even people, citizens who called and just wanted to have a little fun. “
Special Olympics Minnesota has been doing this torch race since 1981, before Special Olympics got the huge recognition it does today. Fast forward to now, and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year.
âWhat this really means to us and my students is inclusiveness,â Oberg explained. âThis event not only symbolizes what the Special Olympics Unified Club does – which brings everyone together – but we physically walk together. And I just think that’s really – the meaningful part of this whole torch race and Special Olympics. in general .”
The Flame of Hope is staying overnight in Tofte and will reach Duluth on Wednesday.
The Torch Race is the largest popular fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world.