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Flame of Hope Biloxi bound for Special Olympics

BILOXI — Runners bearing the Flame of Hope are heading to the Coast to kick off the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games at Keesler Air Force Base.

The law enforcement officers’ annual torch run is a show of support for some 1,200 athletes who are children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The run began Wednesday in Petal, with officers passing the torch to officers in other cities.

Moss Point takes the torch at 8 a.m. Thursday. Officers hand it off to Pascagoula police at Telephone Road and Jefferson Street, and will give it to Gautier police at U.S. 90 and Oak Street. Ocean Springs police pick it up at U.S. 90 and Mississippi 57.

Gulfport police take the torch Friday on U.S. 90 at the edge of Long Beach, and run it to DeBuys Road, handing it off to Biloxi police. They will hand it over to Keesler security officers, who will take it on base around noon.

Law enforcement officers from around the state will run the torch into the Special Olympics area Friday night to kickoff the events.

The torch run includes a T-shirt fund-raiser for $10 per T-shirt. All proceeds go to the athletes and their programs. To buy a T-shirt or make a donation, visit your local police department or call Biloxi police at 435-6100.