The 2008 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games began with a bang when law enforcement officers and athletes took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run that lead to the summer games at Southern Connecticut State University. The Law Enforcement Torch Run, a 3-day statewide event leading up to the Summer Games, took place from June 4- 6. It includes over 1,500 law enforcement officers and athletes covering 530 miles across 100 cities and towns in Connecticut. This was the 22nd year that Connecticut law enforcement ran with the “Flame of Hope.”
Opening Ceremonies took place on June 6th which symbolized the official beginning of the 2008 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games from June 6-8th. This was no ordinary ceremony though; speakers like Ryan Hanrahan of NBC 30 and Jeanine Jersey of 96.5 TIC got the crowd going as athletes who have worked hard for months ran around the field at Southern Connecticut State University through a tunnel of officers offering high-fives and supportive smiles.
Then the competition began as more than 2,300 athletes, 750 coaches, and 4,000 volunteers participated in games like aquatics, gymnastics, tennis, track & field, cycling and soccer throughout the weekend. In the end the athletes of the 2008 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games shared moments of victory, learned the power of teamwork and portrayed the meaning of changing attitudes and changing lives.
2008 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games