Special Olympic Volunteers Celebrate Awards, Kickoff Next Season

Special Olympic volunteers are at the Grand Traverse Resort this week for their Law Enforcement Torch relay Awards Conference.

Torchrun 1Thursday’s banquet kicked off another season for Special Olympics Michigan and celebrated two years worth of awards.

The Law Enforcement Torch Relay Teams have raised $22 million since 1984. They raised a record $1.2 million last year.

For the past 35 years law enforcement officers run the symbolic torch from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant to light the cauldron.

This evening’s banquet highlighted volunteers, fundraisers as well as an athlete preparing to run in his first marathon. Athlete and speaker at tonight’s event, Max Hinga, says the Special Olympics have changed his life. He says it was amazing to see everybody supporting him and the Special Olympics.

“It helps everybody, partners, athlete, it’s not just me. There’s all kinds of athletes that can do what I do everyday and be able to help around the community and be apart of something big,” Hinga says.

The 2022 state summer Special Olympic games kick off June 2 and 3 in Mount Pleasant.