Lubbock Christian University student athletes and staff participated in the Special Olymics Relay Across America yesterday to help deliver the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Ashton Bell, President of LCU’s student-athlete advisory committee said eleven people from LCU took the torch from 19th and Dover several blocks before passing the flame to another crew. The group was met by a convoy in front of the LCU Welcome Center and cheered on by LCU supporters along the way. Bell said “Being able to pass on the torch and be a part of such a great event was amazing, I’m so glad our LCU family could take part in the Special Olympics Relay and raise awareness.”
LCU’s strong relationship with the Special Olympics began years ago. In 2013, the men’s soccer team hosted the Special Olympics Soccer Cup. During the event, 200 Special Olympic athletes from Lubbock and the South Plains participated in various activities, formed victory lines for the soccer player introductions and completed the day with a medal ceremony.
The Unified Relay will carry the Flame of Hope after being lit in Athens, Greece and help deliver it to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games. The relay ends at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25.