Local police officers carry "Flame of Hope" through CNY ahead of Special Olympics

This week, local police officers are carrying the "Flame of Hope" throughout Central New York, helping it make its way to the Opening Ceremonies for the New York State Special Olympics in Buffalo.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run stepped off at SUNY Oswego University Police station Monday morning, traveling 14 miles to the Fulton Police Department.

Tuesday, the flame will weave 36-miles, from State Police Troop D in Utica to the Camillus Wal-Mart.

The third leg will be split into two parts: One group will run with the torch from the Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, to the House of Hope in Canandaigua, as another group of police officers takes it through the streets of Utica.

On Thursday, SUNY Cortland University Police will run with the flame to the Cortland Courthouse.

On Friday, June 14 the torch will be lit to signify the start of the Opening Ceremonies at the Special Olympics. This year, the competition will be held at the University at Buffalo.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest fundraising and public awareness tool for the Special Olympics in the world.

Last year, it raised more than $1 million for the Special Olympics in New York State. Internationally, the LETR brought in $42.1 million.

61,582 athletes compete and train in 22 Olympic-style sports throughout the year, and at no cost to them or their families.