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    Unified Relay Across America

    The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America will travel across the Great State of Alabama June 7-9, 2015. The State of Alabama will seek to raise a minimum of $20K to support this Special Olympics event; see the two websites which contain detailed information, and additional information regarding ALETR’s participation will be forthcoming. Please read the article listed below and visit the following sites; http://www.unifiedrelay.org and http://uraa.donordrive.com: 20,000 people to carry 2015 Special Olympics torches on journey to L.A.

    Posted by John Schreiber on January 27, 2015 in Sports | 42 Views | Leave a response  Photo courtesy Special Olympics International.

    Torches carrying a flame lit in Athens, Greece, will be passed through the hands of 20,000 people on the way to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, organizers said Tuesday.

    The Unified Relay torch run from May 26 to July 10 is a first for the Special Olympics, which is expected to attract 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 170 countries. The nine-day athletic competition will kick off with an opening ceremony on July 25.

    The flame will be passed by volunteers, celebrities and community leaders through all 50 states. The 46-day relay will follow three separate routes beginning in Augusta, Maine, Miami and Washington, D.C., and eventually converging on Los Angeles.

    Co-captains leading the relay include figure skater Michelle Kwan, football player Joe Haden, television host Maria Menounos and singer Aloe Blacc.

    The torches will make stops at California towns serving as hosts for activities encouraging cultural exchanges prior to the games.

    The final leg in Los Angeles will be led by law enforcement officers from 36 countries and 10 Special Olympics athletes.

    To sign up for the race visit: http://www.unifiedrelay.org and http://uraa.donordrive.com

    The Special Olympics partnered with Bank of America to organize the torch run. — City News Service

    2014-16 Officers

    2014-15 committee

    New officers were voted in for 2014-2016 and are as follows:

    Torch Run Director – Theo Smith, Birmingham PD  - theophilus.smith@birminghamal.gov

    Secretary – Season Allen, FBI Birmingham – Season.Allen@ic.fbi.gov

    Treasurer – Shelby O’Connor, Shelby County SO – SOCONNOR@shelbyso.com

    Chaplain – Sean Edwards, Birmingham PD – Sean.Edwards@ci.birminghamal.gov

    Northern Region Coordinator – Brent Patterson, Madison County SO - bpatterson@co.madison.al.us

    Central Region Coordinator – Kevin Dunn, Birmingham PD – Kevin.Dunn@birminghamal.gov

    Southern Region Coordinator – Josh Coleman, Gulf Shores PD – jcoleman@gulfshoresal.gov

    Shirt Coordinator – Al Ballesteros, Decatur PD - ahballesteris@decatur-al.gov

    Photographer – Janie Shelswell-White, Homewood PD – evajane6@charter.net

    Public Information Officer:

    North – Brent Patterson, Madison County SO - bpatterson@co.madison.al.us

    Central – Tim Gardiner, Birmingham PD – Timothy.Gardiner@birminghamal.gov

    Southern – Josh Coleman, Gulf Shores PD – jcoleman@gulfshoresal.gov