Law Enforcement Torch Skate Supports Special Olympics
Prince George, B.C. – Local law enforcement agencies took to the ice with the Prince George Cougars in support of a local charity this afternoon at CN Centre.
The Law Enforcement Torch Skate is a slight twist on the Law Enforcement Torch Run and raises money for the Special Olympics.
Traditionally its organized by the RCMP but for the first time this year other groups were invited to take part including Prince George Fire Rescue, BC Corrections, and the BC Sheriffs Service.
“We thought this year it would be better to be more inclusive of other front line workers,” said Prince George RCMP Supt. Warren Brown, who added it’s a good way for the police to leverage their influence in the community in a positive manner.
“I think anytime we can utilize that influence for these types of endeavours – especially for Special Olympics athletes it’s a win-win for our community.”
Fire Chief John Iverson said he was pleased to be invited: “I think it’s a wonderful cause. Special Olympians are fun to watch and there’s so much joy in what they do. So, it’s great to help out.”
Prince George Cougar forward Justin Almeida called the Special Olympics “an awesome cause” and said he and his teammates love the chance to get out and meet people in the community.
“Yeah, absolutely. Last year we did a lot of stuff and this year too. You meet new people; you get to hear their stories and how they come to our games and enjoy them. To bring a smile to their face is awesome.”
Local Special Olympics spokesperson Charlene Flood said today’s event was something the Special Olympians had been looking forward to.
“Our athletes have been talking about this for as long as they’ve been aware that this was happening. They are so excited to get out there with all these guys and get skating.”
Last year’s Torch Run raised $6,000 and the goal was to meet or exceed that target this year. Proceeds from the event will stay local and help pay for hosting tournaments and with travel costs.