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Two months of planning by Central Peninsula Law Enforcement under the direction of Chief Sandahl and Special Olympic Volunteer, Christina Fowler, resulted in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics held May 21 at McDonald's in Kenai. Pledges collected resulted in more than $5,200 to benefit local Special Olympians. 052911 PEOPLE 1 Peninsula Clarion Two months of planning by Central Peninsula Law Enforcement under the direction of Chief Sandahl and Special Olympic Volunteer, Christina Fowler, resulted in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics held May 21 at McDonald's in Kenai. Pledges collected resulted in more than $5,200 to benefit local Special Olympians.

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Kenai Chief of Police, Gus Sandahl, Christina Fowler, SO Volunteer for Torch Run, Bob Gamble, SO Athlete.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Story last updated at 5/29/2011 - 2:16 pm

Torch Run a success



Two months of planning by Central Peninsula Law Enforcement under the direction of Chief Sandahl and Special Olympic Volunteer, Christina Fowler, resulted in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics held May 21 at McDonald's in Kenai. Pledges collected resulted in more than $5,200 to benefit local Special Olympians.

This money goes for the local athletes to participate in basketball, swimming, and bowling. They attended the local games in Homer and are now scheduled to attend the State games in Anchorage June 10-12. Last year the bowling team won First Place in the state tournament for the second time in a row and brought home the State Trophy.

In Anchorage the teams and volunteers stay for a three-day weekend where they compete with all the other teams from throughout the state. It is an exciting time and one they take very seriously. Their opening ceremonies are very touching when these athletes stand for the flag ceremony and pledge allegiance and recite their motto: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

This opportunity to participate is a high light in their lives and gives them a chance to shine and to meet together.They appreciate everything that is done for them.

After the Torch Run, Friends of Athletes with Disabilities (F.A.D.) gave a barbecue at the Kenai Park Strip to honor the participants.

The Management Team here on the peninsula is looking for volunteers to help keep this program going. They are in the process of recruiting an Area Director to help coordinate programs with the State Special Olympics. Training and local support provided. If interested, please contact Sherry Gamble at 260-6662 dsgamble@alaska.net, or Stephanie Crosby at 398-0730 or steph7675@yahoo.com.





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