photos by TYLER McELHANEY

The Special Olympics of Southern California are teaming up with law enforcement from San Luis Obispo to San Diego County, to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympic athletes programs. At a speakers event for the San Diego Police Department held at SeaWorld, San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria delivered the welcome speech. Speakers included global messengers and athletes Barry Cunningham and Lindsey Newman, VP of Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, David Cromwell, Regional Director of Special Olympics San Diego County Karen Terra, and Special Olympics athlete Randy Smith. Also speaking were Assistant Chief Mark Jones, Detective Sergeant Linda Griffin, LAPD Lieutenant Kim Unland, and San Diego Development Manager Kelcie Kopf. Officers were encouraged to participate in some of the many opportunities outside of the Torch Run, such as the Charity Miles run/walk, or the Tip-A-Cop dinner, in which they would dress up as celebrity waiters/waitresses and receive donations from patrons.

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