APD Given Olympic Torch
The Alameda Police Department (APD) was given the honor of carrying the Flame of Hope torch to mark the upcoming Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Summer Games. The 50th anniversary of the games will take place June 21 to 23 in Davis, Calif.
The Flame of Hope torch is similar to the Olympic torch that is passed around from country to country and eventually ends up at the location of the Olympic Games for the opening ceremony. The Flame of Hope torch will be passed around Northern California before it reaches its final destination on the University of California Davis campus, the official location of this year’s SONC Summer Games.
APD received the torch from the San Leandro Police Department on Monday, June 17. On June 18, APD officers and staff carried the torch through the streets of Alameda. They then passed the torch off to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
Approximately 770 Special Olympics athletes along with 285 coaches will compete in the 2019 SONC Summer Games, according to the organization’s website.
After weeks of training and competing at a regional competition, athletes will have the opportunity to complete against athletes from all over Northern California in bocce, swimming, tennis or track and field. SONC’s territory extends from the northern border of California to Monterey.
SONC offers free year-round training and competition programs for 22,780 athletes who compete in nearly 300 competitions in 14 sports annually.