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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Officers escort Special Olympics torch

  • The Flame of Hope was carried through McPherson’s Main Street early Friday morning on its way to Wichita State University.
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  • The Flame of Hope was carried through McPherson’s Main Street early Friday morning on its way to Wichita State University.
    The torch, when lit at Cessna Stadium Friday night, signified the start of the Special Olympics of Kansas.
    Special Olympics is an annual event that draws individuals with intellectual disabilities from around the state to participate in Olympic-style sports.
    The mission statement was read aloud by Mayor Tom Brown during a short ceremony celebrating athletes from both McPherson and the state of Kansas.
    “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” Brown said, quoting the mission statement.
    There are 107 McPherson County residents that will be competing in the games this weekend, and 1,500 from the state of Kansas. Brown said each of the participants were brave to try, and encouraged athletes to try hard.
    “Keep on trying and doing a good job,” Brown said.
    The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita in 1981. Local law enforcement officers run with athletes as the torch is carried to its destination.
    Athletes who participated in the torch run through McPherson included David Toews, Jason Meysing, Megan Bontrager, Tyler Morris, Caleb DeMaio, Kim Isom, Will Krehbiel, Nyssa VanPelt and Jonah Schropp.

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